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Forrester Lays Out Cloud Trends

Written by Ike Syed

Screen shot 2014-07-03 at 3.06.02 PMFor the uninitiated, cloud computing – or at least the jargon surrounding cloud computing – can be as confusing as a trip to Baskin-Robbins for someone who’s never had ice cream.

And, while there aren’t quite 31 flavors of cloud, choosing which variety suits you best can be a challenge.

One of the best things about today’s emerging new class of Cloud Management Platforms is that you are no longer limited to just one flavor – public, private or hybrid. It’s now possible to mix and match the cloud types that suit your various business needs and requirements and to manage them all from one screen.

But still, it’s helpful to have some understanding of the current trends surrounding cloud computing, especially as more vendors lay out confusingly titled options. Following is a quick synopsis of some key trends, as well as terms that are helpful to understand as you shop around. Continue Reading…

Cloud Price Wars: Good News, But Only on the Surface

Written by Ike Syed

cloud price warsThis is an amazing time in cloud computing. Recently, we’ve seen dramatic reductions in the price of public cloud with Google and Amazon engaged in a high-stakes arms race to the bottom. How low can they go?

First came Google, with price cuts ranging from 32 percent for compute to 68 percent for storage. Back came Amazon, with reductions of 30-40 percent for compute and 51 percent, on average, for storage.

As Infoworld cloud computing blogger David Linthicum wrote, the two largest public cloud vendors are like a couple of carnival barkers, “standing on the sides of the strand, shouting out lower and lower prices for their services of luring major enterprises to their tents.” Continue Reading…

Why 2014 is the Year of Software-Defined Networking

Written by Zeeshan Naseh

provisioning automationThe constantly evolving dictionary of IT terms had a new entry in the past year or so: Software-Defined Networking. In short order, SDN has threatened to become one of the most important terms of 2014.

Here’s why: For a variety of reasons, large enterprises are relatively late to the cloud party and all the benefits that are possible, from reduced capital and operating expenses to elastic capacity for innovation. Now, the pressure is on IT to transform from organizational obstacle to facilitator of innovation – without losing governance.

SDN, which you’ll see referred to alongside sister terms Software-Defined Data Center and Software-Defined Storage, helps provide an answer to that need. Continue Reading…

Healthcare Industry Poised to Break Into Clouds

Written by Syed Khurram

Health Care Industry Poised for the CloudThe health care industry has faced some specific barriers to full adoption of cloud computing. A primary barrier is the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability act, or HIPAA.

Every health care professional knows the implications of HIPAA, which not only required the establishment of electronic health records (EHRs) but also mandated stringent regulations on data privacy.

In effect, the law mandated a huge expansion in health care computing needs (by requiring EHRs), while at the same time blocking an easy path to meeting those needs in the public cloud (by threatening heavy fines for privacy violations).

Most institutions were simply not willing to trust data security to the public cloud. Even with encryption and other barriers, data breaches and security failures remain all too common. And, if a breach occurs, it’s the health care provider – not the cloud provider – who’s on the HIPAA hook. Continue Reading…

Why uCloudTM is Such a Leap Forward for Enterprise Cloud

Written by Habib Madani

uCloud is a New Day for Enterprise CloudThe other day, someone asked me a question that cuts right to the core of Connectloud’s existence and why uCloudTM is such a leap forward for Enterprise CIOs in all industries: What takes companies so long to stand up a private cloud through legacy implementation, and what allows uCloudTM to do it so much faster?

The answer is why we at Connectloud left our previous jobs to start a new company – to change tech, to provide CIOs what they have been asking for.

To start with, cloud management platforms – the tools we used to stand up clouds – were mostly an afterthought until now. What folks have done is stitch together legacy software applications and called them cloud management platforms. Continue Reading…

Ready to Leap for the Cloud? Forrester Offers Some Do’s and Don’ts

Written by Ike Syed

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.

Cloud Do's and DontsBut if you don’t watch your step, it’s easy to walk smack into buying costly technology that doesn’t meet your expectations. It’s also quite feasible to set expectations too high internally, leading to disappointment and slashed budgets in the future.

The analysts at Forrester Research have issued some handy guidelines to enterprises interested in setting up a private cloud – an option now within reach for an increasing number of companies through an emerging class of cloud management platforms.

Here’s a list of some do’s and don’ts when delving into the cloud, according to the folks at Forrester:  Continue Reading…

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…

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…