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Weekly IT Highlights on Cloud Computing, Consumerization of IT, Multi-Cloud and More

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Weekly IT Highlights on Cloud Computing, Consumerization of IT, Multi-Cloud and More


 

As Friday comes around, we want to recap some of the best stuff we read this week on Consumerization of IT, Cloud computing, Virtualization, and trends in private cloud. Enjoy!

The Private Cloud Strikes Back

By Trevor Williamson

Traditional status quo within IT is deeply encumbered by mostly manual processes—optimized for people carrying out commodity IT tasks such as provisioning servers and OSes—that cannot be optimized any further, therefore a different, much better way had to be found. 

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Can your Cloud Balance Supply and Demand?

By Nathan Coates

Private cloud involves a multi-layered approach to architecting IT systems and delivering services to the business, making the most of virtualisation to provide a separation between the two..

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Private Cloud Infrastructure Design: Go Beyond Best Practices

By Joe Onisick

The traditional silo and application-specific hardware architectures will not suffice for cloud scale and rapid flexibility. In order to produce flexible pools of resources to support a changing environment of applications and services, the environment must be designed from the ground up with that in mind. Compute, network and storage must be designed with scale and performance first and foremost in mind. 

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Cloud Computing: Cloud System Builders: 12 Habits That Aid Successful Deployment Projects

By Chris Preimesberger

The most successful cloud IT system builders know that they're facing a significant architectural transformation, which requires new thinking across people, process and technology. 

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Is Cloud Creating Or Destroying Jobs? 7 Perspectives

By Sasha Gilenson, Evolven

How will the new reality of cloud impact the job market, and more importantly how will the promise of the cloud impact your career in IT, see how experts at Gartner, IDC, GigaOM, Network World, InfoWorld and more share how they see cloud altering the IT employment scene.

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Think you know your cloud instances? Think again! Inside Amazon's AMI Black Box

By Sasha Gilenson, Evolven XXX

Growing amount of information generated by cloud operations makes it impossible to manage IT environments without intelligent automated analytics. 

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Consumerization of IT Driving Virtualization to the Private Cloud

By Rich Bourdeau

Many companies view private clouds as the next phase in their virtualization efforts with the goal of enabling the "consumerization of IT." Compared to virtualization, private clouds are an even larger paradigm shift that requires significant changes in the way many companies deliver IT services. 

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10 Views on How Business Could Circumvent IT

By Sasha Gilenson, Evolven

Disruptive forces and technologies are presenting more opportunities to business, while creating challenges for IT, creating the conditions for IT to be bypassed, and threatening the integrity of production environments. See how experts at Forrester, IDC, ITWorld, and more share their outlook on issues that IT needs to address to remain effective, and relevant.

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The battle for cloud services: Microsoft vs. Amazon

By Roger Jennings

Gartner reported in March 2012 that Hadoop popularity as a search term on its website increased by 601.8% over 2011. Primary driving forces behind Hadoop's growing popularity have been the rise in big data and social computing hype, widespread enterprise-level acceptance of open source software, a pool of skilled Hadoop devops personnel and Hadoop's capability to deliver high availability with adequate performance from low-cost clusters of commodity servers. 

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Cloud outage panacea: Use multiple clouds

By Dmitry Sotnikov

Don't want to be in the next outage news? Pick 2 hosters and get yourself some piece of mind (obviously do check your failover to make sure you can safely stop your service at one and switch to the other one! – the only redundancy that works is the one that you test as often as you can.) 

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Cloud data centers becoming high-value targets of data thieves

By Lucas Mearian

Though companies are increasingly tightening their BYOD policies, most have yet to address the use of consumer apps and services such as cloud storage on mobile devices. 

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Private Cloud: Customers Will Pay More for Less

By Gery Menegaz

Private Cloud computing vendors need to consider that a single inferior product in their bundled offering may reduce the overall quality of the entire offering. 

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Hybrid models driving business cloud strategies, report says

By Rachel King

This presents a huge opportunity for cloud solutions providers. What remains to be seen is who will jump on this trend quickly enough. 

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8 Insightful Views on DevOps Taking Off in the Cloud

By Sasha Gilenson, Evolven

Even as developers and operations people tend to work in separate bubbles, when the development and operations sides collaborate, there is a much better chance that satisfaction will be higher. See how experts at Forester, InformationWeek, GigaOM, TechTarget, and more show how an approach like CloudOps is critical for today's agile development and frenzied operations.

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The secret is in the planning when you migrate to the cloud

By Nathan Coates

The next job (which, truth be told, you may be dreading) is to migrate all that legacy capability across to the brave, spanking new world of the private cloud. Not doing so could put into question the financial viability of the whole programme, which has been justified on the basis of the efficiency savings that can be made. You need a plan of action. 

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Virtualization Environments Still Pose a Challenge in the Data Center

Network Computing

In spite of virtualization becoming de riguer within the data center, organizations aren't quite there with bringing their efficiency to the next level with private cloud deployments. Just 30% of organizations say private cloud is a priority and are well on the way toward deploying or have already deployed private clouds. 

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Companies Choosing Multi-Cloud Approach, Survey Says

APM Digest

Cloud infrastructure now dominates as the architecture for 'the new IT' – and companies big and small enjoy an unprecedented variety of options for deploying the best cloud solution to meet their business needs 

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Where IT Metrics Go Wrong: 13 Issues To Avoid

By Stephen Mann

When your organization consistently makes its targets, the standard response is to increase the number or scope of targets. But this is not necessarily the right approach. Instead, I&O execs need to consider whether the metrics are still worthwhile. 

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Eliminating change management process chokeholds

By Christina Torode

Businesses are now changing at a much faster pace than they used to. When the business wants to change something, they don't want to go through a bureaucratic change management process. They want things to happen at a faster, more agile pace than IT has been used to in the past. That makes it much harder for IT. 

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Public or Private Cloud: Which Is Best for Application Marketplaces?

By Daniel Saks

The cloud service marketplace sector is still relatively young, so this particular debate is just getting started. Is a hosted, public cloud model best for the rapidly growing market for SaaS applications, or is the on-premise, private approach better? 

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Cloud downtime has cost industry $70 million thus far

By Rene Millman

It said that cloud service availability figures show an average of 7.5 hours unavailable per year. In comparison, the service average unavailability for electricity in a modern capital is less than 15 minutes per year. 

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Cloud computing is the source of innovation and agility

By Faisal Hoque

New ways of thinking are required. Investment decisions and the measurement of success will not be about individual technologies or projects or even about the IT department itself, because the cloud is about the whole organization.

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Cloud Computing Simply Isn't That Scary Anymore: Survey

By Joe McKendrick

The bottom line is cloud is now just considered the normal way to implement software solutions. 

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Cloud and SaaS continue to be the focus for cash strapped IT departments

By Allan Swann

Shifts in IT spending from 'megasuites' of software to more automated processes, means that vendors offering SaaS, IT asset management and virtualization capabilities will continue to benefit. 

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Enterprises to cloud: Ready or not, here we come

By Barb Darrow

There are still doubts about the cloud. There will be stuff that will never go to the public cloud, but companies will continue to use the cloud to save money on non-critical compute loads and storage and use those cost savings to help fund internal IT for the truly mission critical stuff. 

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Cloud Management Needs Context

By Sasha Gilenson, Evolven

The cloud computing paradigm now allows users to dynamically request and receive information and services from an abstracted set of resources, yet this cannot be managed manually anymore, demanding a new generation of tools to meet the new reality with the cloud.

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