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Seems like it was only yesterday when industry pundits were backing away from public clouds in favor of the safer, more big-vendor-compliant “private clouds.” After Amazon shook things up with its new paradigm for computing and storage clouds in 2007, and started to gain traction (along with Rackspace and other cloud providers) in 2008 and 2009 – 2010 so far has been in many ways a retreat from the forces of innovation and the emergence of much fear, uncertainty and doubt about the perils of the public cloud. But lately, I’m seeing the pendulum start to swing back in favor of public clouds, albeit with a twist. Not surprisingly, private clouds look more familiar and comfortable to IT managers, big vendors and consulting/SI/service providers. They involve purchases of hardware, software and services through traditional enterprise procurement processes. They allow re... (more)

Attending TechEd Europe?

There are two cloud-related sessions in the “community” section of Microsoft TechEd Europe 2009 and you need to vote for them here if you are attending the conference (and obviously if you want them in the agenda). Basically, both are on cloud computing: one for developers and the other for IT professionals: Going to the Cloud: Are we crazy? Are cloud services about efficiency or negligence? About being able to outsource commodity services and concentrate on core competence or loosing control and risking getting out of compliance? Which IT services can be safely moved to the cloud and which should stay in house? Let’s get together and discuss the present and the future of Software + Services use in our companies, share success stories, lessons learned, discuss concerns and best practices. Developing on Azure: Stories from the Trenches Have you given Windows Azure a ... (more)

Security and the Cloud

By Steven Wolford, 6fusion Director of Information Security Is now the time to make the move to cloud services with all the current IT security concerns? Security and the cloud seems to be the topic of conversation for many businesses and IT groups today. As you prepare for that decision making process around your IT infrastructure security, remember to take a risk based approach to help ensure a sound decision from an information security perspective. Rather than spend months learning, digesting, and attempting to implement a structured formal risk management framework, regard your strategic security planning with these four pillars of risk management. Identify What can and should be moved to the cloud? Identify projects, programs or services that have high establishment costs, low utilization, or are expensive to run and operate, as candidates for the cloud. Consi... (more)

Four Ways To Use Financial Social Media Marketing to Close the Sale

Being a thought leader may be easier than you think when you identify your unique characteristics and articulate them to your constituency. It only takes minutes to sign up for social networking. In a similar vein, when an advisor knows a prospective client's social networking interests, they will likely uncover a rich source of voluntary, accurate and timely information at their fingertips - market intelligence that may well have a place in a closing presentation. In preparing an investment policy statement or proposal, how much would it be worth to you to have access to a reliable record of a prospective client's likes, dislikes and goals? Advisors who wish to untap the market intelligence in their prospect's social networking habits should consider trying four steps to testing the social media marketing waters for themselves. 1. Engaging your audience It takes on... (more)

Cloud Expo Sponsor OpSource Named OnDemand Top 100 Winner

OpSource Session at Cloud Expo OpSource, the leader in enterprise cloud and SaaS hosting, today announced that it has been chosen by AlwaysOn as one of the OnDemand Top 100 winners. Inclusion in the OnDemand 100 signifies leadership amongst its peers and game-changing approaches and technologies that are likely to disrupt existing markets and entrenched players. OpSource was specially selected by the AlwaysOn editorial team and industry experts spanning the globe based on a set of five criteria: innovation, market potential, commercialization, stakeholder value, and media buzz. Register Today and Save $550 ! Explore Sponsorship Opportunities ! OpSource provides enterprise cloud and SaaS hosting and services for Fortune 1000, Software-as-a-Service and Web companies. By choosing OpSource, organizations large and small are free to focus their resources on building bu... (more)

How to Secure vCloud Director and the vCloud API

This year’s VMworld conference saw the announcement of VMware’s new vCloud Director product, a culmination of the vision for the cloud computing the company articulated last year and a significant step forward in providing a true enterprise-grade cloud. This is virtualization 2.0—a major rethink about how IT should deliver infrastructure services. VMware believes that the secure hybrid cloud is the future of enterprise IT, and given their success of late it is hard to argue against them. vCloud Director (vCD) is interesting because it avoids the classic virtualization metaphors rooted in the physical world—hosts, SANs, and networks—and instead promotes a resource-centric view contained with the virtual datacenter (VDC). vCD pools resources into logical groupings that carry an associated cost. This ability to monetize is important not just in public clouds, but for ... (more)

CloudFucius Councils: Cloud’s Love/Hate Relationship

I’m afraid so….let’s get more!  I don’t like it and….here’s a check.  I’m not safe….but I need another.  I’m so sick of you….give me a big hug.  As I’ve mentioned on a few occasions, it seems like a new cloud computing survey gets released on a weekly basis and often the results make me want to scratch my head.  One says that cloud is growing and folks love the benefits while another claims fears are holding companies back and cloud adoption could be in trouble.  We really need The Cloud Computing Love/Hate Relationship Survey with conditional type questions like: If all your fears were removed, would you jump head first?  Surveys can always be tricky – the way the questions are asked, in what context, the questions themselves and of course, the actual respondents answering the questions. Now to the data.  First up, we got the 2010 State of Cloud and Virtualization... (more)

Top 10 Reasons You Should Consider Windows Intune

(Re-posted with John Weston’s permission.) Overview Many times over the last year I have been asked the question, “What is Windows Intune?”  I like to describe Windows Intune as the cloud service that helps you centrally manage and secure your PCs through a simple, web-based console.  Released back in March 2011, Windows Intune has already had a major Update on October 17th, 2011. Why should any IT Pro consider using Windows Intune? Well, I came up with these top 10 reasons (there are many more, but let’s start with 10). Top 10 Reasons to Use Windows Intune: Windows Intune is a web based subscription service with an easy-to-use web-based console that gives you insight into your PCs. You can view updates, Forefront status, security policies, alerts, and much more. You do need an Internet connection; install the Intune client on each machine, and off you go managing ... (more)

Can the Cloud Move to the Mainstream in Health Care?

Imagine Jim, who’s had a CT scan and then is diagnosed with a stroke at the hospital. Although the on-call neurologist is at another hospital, and outside the hospital system, he accesses Jim’s radiology images on his mobile device, in real time. Upon review, the doctor learns that Jim had an aneurysm months before. He’s able to call a neurosurgery colleague who is making rounds at the same hospital and they review Jim’s images together on a laptop and tablet using cloud-based technology. The cloud allows these two doctors to begin an assessment on Jim before ever examining him, thus improving efficiency and possibly saving his life. When Dr. Smith meets with Jim he examines him and then discusses a treatment plan. He uses his tablet to visually explain the radiology images and he’s able to make the abstract 2D CT images more real by using 3D imagery to help show J... (more)

Western European Private Cloud Infrastructure Growth: IDC

The detractors of cloud computing benefits will state that the typical adoption is still limited at most enterprises -- they're deploying cloud services to a few early-adopters. That being said, some leading markets are confidently moving ahead with mainstream deployments, regardless of the caution. While others, such as western Europe, are apparently in transition. The western European private cloud market will grow at a CAGR of 23.2 percent for the next five years to reach $7.9 billion in 2016, according to the latest market study by International Data Corporation (IDC). IDC has been looking in-depth at the private cloud marketplace -- from a hardware, software, services and networking points of view. "The growth of private cloud is even more impressive in the context of the current economic situation," said Mette Ahorlu, research director, IDC European Services. Acc... (more)

Cloud Storage: Looking Beyond The Bottom Line

Cost reduction is often perceived as the most compelling adoption driver for new technologies. However, in many cases, looking beyond bottom line benefits often uncovers additional intrinsic value. Such is the case for cloud storage. While frequently touted benefits of cloud storage include cost savings, maintenance reduction and better utilization of IT resources, there is actually more to the value equation than meets the eye. An important, but perhaps less touted, benefit of cloud storage is the ability to store more of an organization’s data securely online, rather than to less accessible and reliable tape or external media. This added benefit can translate into operational improvements for businesses that extend beyond cost-cutting, including: Improved regulatory compliance: Access to archival data has become a regulatory requirement across many industries wit... (more)