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Ellen Rubin

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Cloud Computing Expo on Ulitzer The talk at the 4th Cloud Expo this week in Santa Clara was all about enterprise cloud adoption. Is it real? Is it already happening? If so, who’s doing it, which applications are they running and which clouds are being tested? To a large extent, cloud computing is a victim of its own somewhat out-of-control hype cycle. Since so much has been written and discussed about the cloud in 2009, there is now a growing impatience for actual results. The fact that 2000 people showed up at the Cloud Expo in Santa Clara this week (double the number from last year’s show) suggests that at the very least, interest in enterprise cloud computing remains very real, and the need for practical solutions and use cases is growing more urgent. There was a growing concensus about a number of issues: 1. The hybrid model of on-prem data centers combined wit... (more)

Cloud Federation and the Intercloud

5th International Cloud Expo New York Last week's post explored federation in the cloud, allowing enterprises to move workloads seamlessly across internal and external clouds according to business and application requirements. Advances in federation are good news for companies considering a move to the cloud since deployments no longer need to be custom projects and applications no longer have to be tightly coupled to a particular cloud. To follow up, there's been lots of discussion recently about the concept of the "Intercloud," a direction for cloud computing that is closely rel... (more)

What IT Managers Should Learn from Public Clouds

Corporate computing is going through a fundamental shift — moving to a world that’s largely cloud-based, self-service, and highly virtual with shared resources. Rather than go through their IT departments like they have for decades, users will simply specify how many cloud servers they need and for how long, and provision their own resources with a few mouse clicks. I recently read an interesting post by Rodrigo Flores, observing that the growing acceptance of public clouds is also changing the role of corporate IT departments, and they’ll have to either adapt or die. I’d like to... (more)

Using CloudSwitch to Create a Public IP Gateway to the Cloud

By Pavan Pant We recently talked about the latest release of CloudSwitch enterprise and since that blog post went live we have garnered a lot of interest in our public IP gateway to the cloud - the ability to provide secure access from the public Internet to servers in the cloud.  There are many cases in which customers want to deploy Internet facing applications to the cloud to help reduce bandwidth constraints within their data centers and improve performance by moving compute resources closer to their customers. In order to accomplish this, customers needed a firewall in the ... (more)

How to Build an HPC Cluster in the Cloud

Organizations in industries such as pharmaceutical research and financial services as well as many federal agencies depend on high performance computing (HPC) for research and analytics. From protein sequencing to market simulation, these compute-intensive tasks demand processing power far beyond the capabilities of a single server. Organizations have traditionally built large clusters and grids in their data centers to distribute these massive workloads across multiple machines. Resource requirements are usually short-term (a few hours, days, or weeks), which means that internal... (more)