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Ellen Rubin

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Cloud Computing Journal Welcome to our enterprise cloud computing blog where we'll share our perspectives on cloud computing trends and best practices for the enterprise. We're a team with extensive experience in IT software and systems (learn more about us), and we're passionate about the opportunity that cloud computing offers for fundamentally improving enterprise IT. However, we believe that before the cloud can reach its potential, some innovation needs to take place within the enterprise data center to make cloud computing simple, secure and tightly integrated with existing IT infrastructure. Our mission is to do just that. We tend to see the world from the data center out, unlike much of the innovation around cloud computing to date, which has focused on the cloud as a separate and silo'd environment. Enterprise Cloud Computing Hurdles We share the view held... (more)

Why Cloud is at the Top of the CIO's Priorities

Cloud Computing Journal In the most difficult economic climate in decades, CIOs are reevaluating their strategies and looking for new ways to reduce data center costs and overhead while improving responsiveness to business requirements. Cloud computing has emerged as a much more agile and efficient approach than what companies have done in the past: adding more compute, storage and networking capacity or trying to get more out of what they already own. Cloud computing did not emerge from a vacuum, but has its origins in three technology "megatrends" that most CIOs are already fa... (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)

Cloud Expo in New York: Virtualization Steals the Spotlight

Cloud Expo on Ulitzer At first glance, cloud computing can appear to be “virtualization taken to its logical conclusion.” After all, if the main benefit of virtualization is to consolidate data center resources and increase the speed of provisioning, then cloud is the ultimate pay-off: don’t own the resources at all and cut provisioning down to a few minutes with instant self-service gratification. But upon further thought, and as was highly visible at the Cloud Computing Expo this week in NYC, cloud seems to be giving virtualization a return to the spotlight. A recent Gartner ... (more)

How Will You Know if the Cloud Will Work for You?

You’ve been thinking about cloud computing, but you’re not sure it’s a good fit for your organization. While there’s lots of hype and discussion around the cloud, the only way you can evaluate it for real is to run a pilot with enterprise applications and visibility for all your stakeholders. A well-managed pilot with clear goals and meaningful results can provide much-needed clarity. This eBook guides you through the process of running a successful cloud pilot, one that meets business requirements while addressing the concerns of networking, security, and operations management. ... (more)