Friday, May 4, 2012

WOLF Weekly Cloud Sum-up, May 04, 2012

A big selling point for cloud computing is what's become known as cloud bursting. What this means is the ability to move spikes in demand for computing resources into the cloud, rather than having to build infrastructure to cope with peak loads. You only pay for what you need, in other words. It's a bit like having an alternative supplier for commuter trains in the rush hour although -- if the analogy will stretch this far -- having to go to an alternative station to catch one. This of course lies at the heart of the promise of cloud computing: enabling the agile enterprise, bringing flexibility and so on. But what does it actually mean? And is it really as simple as it sounds? 

How to Build a Reliable Cloud for Legacy Apps

One huge question hangs over the cloud computing industry: Can cloud infrastructure support traditional applications that were not built to deliver reliable performance from unreliable components? If a cloud provider can answer yes to this question, it then becomes possible for a massive number of applications to migrate to the cloud, either public or private versions. Remember, the cloud industry is now at the end of the beginning. The big money, most of the almost $2 trillion that is spent running the IT infrastructure that runs the world, is still going to data centers, on-premise applications, and other technologies of pre-cloud vintage. There are many reasons that this is true, but one of the main barriers to adoption of the cloud is that most of the applications out there were built assuming that the computers, databases, storage, and networks they use deliver high performance.

Real and Perceived Security Threats of Cloud Computing

Public clouds make enterprise IT uneasy. For one thing, it’s a disruptive technology -- a significant shift toward compute resources becoming a shared utility. It also creates a lack of visibility and less control over IT assets. Add concerns about data loss and security that BYOD creates and it’s no wonder some cloud rookies are breaking out in hives. spoke with Jim Reavis, executive director of the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA), about the true security concerns of public and private cloud as well as common misconceptions that are keeping enterprises from diving headlong into cloud.

Is Your Enterprise Cloud-Enabled?

Business and IT tend to focus more initially on the functional rather than the qualitative aspects of a technology or system. Functional is more fun, less abstract — you can see, touch, and feel it. The toys. However, business should care most about the qualitative aspects. The most publicly embarrassing failures of cloud computing have all been caused by qualitative issues. Things like availability during peak trading, security and privacy make the news if neglected, and can damage reputations permanently.

Cloud Computing Boosts Building Performance, Collaboration

To those in the design, construction and building operations industry, the concept of cloud computing can have many different meanings, from servers to code to different devices – even the kitchen sink. But panelists at the 2012 Buildings NY conference agreed that the new technology could have a major impact on property performance and employee productivity as the workplace continues to evolve in the digital direction.

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

Don’t forget to add your comments and suggestions. I will have more around the cloud a week later.

Santanu Das
Marketing Evangelist, WOLF Frameworks

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