Saturday, June 25, 2011

WOLF Weekly Cloud Sum-up, June 24, 2011

According to the “inaugural Future of Cloud Computing Survey,” the primary drivers for cloud usage are more flexible scalability and the potential for lower costs on the part of the customers.

But agility and innovation have been found to be the key factors as to why IT departments are adopting the cloud because it is seen as an “effective means to implementing new applications quickly to keep pace with application backlogs and business demands.” That’s not terribly surprising so long as the cloud infrastructure is built with the idea of scalability in mind, or else a speedy implementation is probably out of the question.

Read More to take a closer look at some of the survey highlights.

New security demands arising for virtualization, cloud computing

The rush toward virtualization of internal enterprise computing resources and cloud computing can have many advantages, such as server consolidation, but it's largely outracing traditional security and identity management practices. That's leaving huge gaps, a sense of chaos and questions about where security products and services should be applied in the world of multi-vendor virtual-machine (VM) hypervisors.

"Virtualization will radically change how you secure and manage your computing environment," Gartner analyst Neil MacDonald said this week at the annual Gartner Security and Risk Management Summit. "Workloads are more mobile, and more difficult to secure. It breaks the security policies tied to physical location. We need security policies independent of network topology."

The Growing Cloud

According to an IDC report, public cloud services will grow to a 46 % share in overall IT spending in another 4 years. By 2015, public cloud services will show this growth rate in 5 key areas – servers, apps, systems infrastructure software, basic storage and application development & deployment. According to IDC, public IT cloud services are designed and commercially offered for users. IDC forecasts that public clouds will mature to capabilities that include security and availability. This change may even make private cloud slightly less attractive to users.

Don't Fight the Public Cloud; Embrace It

When it comes to cloud computing, corporate IT doesn't quite "get it" just yet. Simon Crosby, CTO, datacenter and cloud division, for Citrix Systems (CTXS), said on Wednesday, June 22, that the enterprise cloud isn't about adding more servers, virtual machines, and very costly engineers. Instead, the cloud adoption process is one of a "creative model of destruction," because the corporate cloud should be adopting automation for efficiency. The other big barrier to enterprise cloud adoption is finding ways to merge the public cloud with private clouds in a way that provides trust and availability.

Cloud computing requires new thinking on privacy

The move to the cloud has broad implications on privacy and requires a lot of discussion on the boundaries and expectations for data in a cloud environment. The government’s approach to data privacy, in particular, is of great concern, from the legislation it enacts to the way law enforcement uses it, said Nolan Goldberg, senior counsel for IP and technology at law firm Proskauer.

We hope these short sum-ups on cloud computing are helping you to take a more knowledgeable approach towards moving to the cloud. Stay tuned for more sum-ups on in the forthcoming weeks.

Appreciate if you can add more to this list and help our readers to keep in touch with the Cloud...

Santanu Das
Marketing Evangelist, WOLF Frameworks

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