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Open-Source Systems Leverage the ‘Power of Many’ for Security

At first blush, it seems absurd that an open-source system for cloud computing could be secure. After all, the bad guys can read the source code. That seemingly makes it easy for them to write malware, viruses or other malicious code to attack anyone using the open source system. Indeed, in an October 2012 survey, […]
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What Software-Defined Networking Means for the Enterprise Cloud

A big reason why companies are using virtualization is to make more efficient use of hardware such as servers. So-called “virtual machines” – meaning software programs that emulate how given pieces of hardware work – essentially allow one set of hardware to do several jobs at once on many different machines.   Now, a relatively […]
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Ready to Leap for the Cloud? Forrester Offers Some Do’s and Don’ts

Building anything can be a challenge filled with pitfalls you can see and minefields you can’t. The construction of a private or hybrid cloud for your enterprise is no different. Sure, the private cloud offers lots of benefits, from cost savings to greater efficiency and increased data security across your organization. But if you don’t […]
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Think You Have a Private Cloud Already? You Might Not.

There’s an old story about when Sherlock Holmes and his assistant, Watson, went camping. It’s the middle of the night. Holmes nudges Watson: “Look up at the sky and tell me what you deduce.” Watson looks up and comments on the starry sky. He observes there must be billions of stars and planets. Astrologically, Saturn […]
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Comic Relief: Head in the Cloud

Written by Ike Syed

Happy Friday!

We’d like to introduce a new, occasional feature here titled Head In the Cloud. We hope it will send our readers into the weekend with a smile.

From all of us here at Connectloud, have a great weekend!

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Whether Hack or Glitch, Security Questions Hound Public Cloud

Written by Habib Madani

If your enterprise is relying on the public cloud, you should be concerned about what happened recently to Dropbox.In a previous post, we discussed security issues surrounding the public cloud. The main point: If you’re the customer of a public cloud service, you are essentially trusting that provider to properly secure the system and protect your data. 

Ironically, one of the companies we named as an example of a public cloud provider, Dropbox, recently had a major issue of its own. The prominent file-sharing service — one used by many businesses for primary cloud storage — went down for several hours on Jan. 10, according to multiple media accounts. Continue Reading…

In 2014, Enterprise Cloud is No Longer ‘The Future.’

Written by Zeeshan Naseh

It’s hard to find much consensus on any topic among tech industry analysts, but there’s one thing they all seem to agree on: Cloud computing will be a big, big deal this year.

Cloud stopped being a new phenomenon years ago. But for various reasons related to cost, security and management difficulty, the enterprise cloud market has perhaps been slow to warm up. That’s becoming less true with the emergence of cloud management providers who are knocking down the barriers to entry for companies of all sizes.

As Forrester analysts put it in their report last month, “cloud computing is no longer a ‘future’ but a ‘now.’”  Continue Reading…

NSA Revelations Raise New Questions About Security in the Public Cloud

Written by Zeeshan Naseh

Every day, new information emerges that shows ever-broader electronic eavesdropping by the U.S. government on its own citizens and those of other countries.

The activities are even starting to raise the attention of the courts. And with every revelation of domestic and foreign spying by the likes of the National Security Agency, it gets harder for companies to feel safe storing and moving sensitive data in a public cloud.

The news broke in June 2013, with revelations that the NSA, through an initiative called PRISM, was accessing private communications of people who had used popular Internet services from nine companies, including Microsoft, Yahoo, Google and Facebook.

While many details have yet to come to light, PRISM essentially gives the government access to emails and stored data on certain foreign targets operating outside the United States. Continue Reading…

Thinking of Leaping to the Public Cloud? Watch Your Wallet.

Written by Zeeshan Naseh

So far, we’ve seen that there are three types of cloud services. The public cloud makes services like email available via the Internet, with the customer paying the cloud provider to make its offerings available. The opposite of that approach is the private cloud, where the customer builds his own cloud in-house. And then there are hybrid clouds, which combine the public and private approaches.

One reason people jump to public cloud options, in particular, is because of the promise of cost savings. Rather than buying expensive servers, routers and other machines, you essentially rent time on those devices, sharing resources with other customers and paying just for what you use, rather than the entire machines.

If you find your company succumbing to that sales pitch, watch your wallet.

More than one enterprise has fallen victim to unexpected costs that were – how shall we put this nicely? – not exactly advertised by the leading public cloud provider.

Unfortunately, some customers have found the public cloud’s cost is greater than they expected when they signed on with large public cloud companies. The bills have driven some companies out of business. Continue Reading…

How Cloud Computing Changes the Role of CIO

Written by Zeeshan Naseh

 The growing impetus to move hardware and software technology to the cloud means change for everyone in corporate IT departments. No job will see more change than that of the chief information officers.

The cloud might ultimately offer CIOs the chance to outsource as much of their IT functions as has been possible since Electronic Data Systems Corp. pioneered the notion of farming out corporate technology functions in the 1960s.

Hardware, software and connectivity can increasingly be provided and run by somebody else. And with employees increasingly getting the green light to use their own mobile phones, tablets and laptops on corporate networks, it’s sometimes not even necessary for enterprises to provide the end devices that people use to work.

All of which raises the question: Will the cloud make CIOs and technology chiefs obsolete? Continue Reading…

Open-Source Systems Leverage the ‘Power of Many’ for Security

Written by Habib Madani

At first blush, it seems absurd that an open-source system for cloud computing could be secure. After all, the bad guys can read the source code. That seemingly makes it easy for them to write malware, viruses or other malicious code to attack anyone using the open source system.

Indeed, in an October 2012 survey, some 82.9 percent of respondents said they weren’t using a public cloud system. Of those respondents, security was the most-cited reason at 28.9 percent.

But look a bit deeper, and it turns out that open source has a lot to offer cloud systems in the security department. In fact, it’s arguably safer. Continue Reading…

The Genesis of Connectloud

Written by Zeeshan Naseh

Flexibility. Operational cost savings. Averted capital expenditures. On-demand scalability. The reasons for moving information technology to the cloud are compelling.

How compelling? Enough that one study on enterprise cloud computing found 75 percent of firms worldwide using some type of cloud platform. Forrester analyst Lauren Nelson, new research indicates 55 percent of North American and European companies “plan to prioritize building an internal private cloud, and 33 percent already have adopted private cloud.”

Indeed, the mad rush to the cloud makes it appear that building your own cloud stack is a piece of cake. Not so, at least not to date, and especially for the uninitiated. Continue Reading…

Why We Love Open Source? Let Us Count the Ways

Written by Ike Syed

open source for cloud applicationsI am excited to write my first blog on the Connectloud website. My co-bloggers Habib and Zeeshan have written extensively on public vs. private clouds. As the vice-president of business development, I find a large piece of Connectloud’s innovation embedded in our use of open-source software.

At first blush, open-source technology seems to have no place in the world, much less the cloud. Who builds open source? Who tests it to see if it’s working? What about security?

But a closer look reveals that, especially in the world of cloud management platforms, open source makes a lot of sense.

For one thing, open source is free for anyone to use. Forget pricey licensing fees and going to the altar with proprietary vendors’ consultants. On the whole, open source provides substantial price savings, which in turn frees up capital for other projects within an IT organization.

Another advantage of using an open source cloud platform is flexibility. With proprietary systems, for instance, if you feel a given feature is missing, you must wait for the vendor to build it. In open source, you can use the underlying source code to create it yourself. Or you can modify open code to improve what somebody else has already created. Continue Reading…

To Date, Private Cloud Options Are Limited

Written by Zeeshan Naseh

Private Cloud OptionsAs we explored in our previous blog entry, there are a number of reasons a public clouds might not be the best fit for enterprise computing, from a lack of control over data to concerns over security.

That leads many companies to explore private clouds when they want to virtualize machines – the term given to the practice of using software programs to emulate the functionality of hardware systems.

Private clouds eliminate fears over security and allow companies to provision virtual servers as they are needed. They also allow a dramatic reduction in the space and energy required for enterprise computing – all without losing IT control.

There are multiple options for companies looking to set up their own clouds. Each has its own set of limitations that must be considered. Continue Reading…