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CIOs Consider Skipping Private Cloud
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Ravello Systems
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3/22/2013 | 4:18:38 PM
re: CIOs Consider Skipping Private Cloud
I think that the cloud is more than just about cost saving, it can indeed revolutionize the way we work. The fact that with clouds, new VMs are so easy and cheap to provision, makes prototyping and testing new IT ideas very easy. As a result, we are seeing innovations around new business processes and we will see more of them in the future as the public cloud technology matures. A very similar process took place when virtualization was first introduced, as a disruptive technology in the datacenter, about 10 years ago.

However, for the cloud to be successful, it needs to be cheap, safe, and without vendor lock-in. The only way to achieve it is by keeping the cloud simple. With the complexity that we have right now in IT, we should move away from the infrastructure layers, into the application layers. In other words, cloud providers should focus on the infrastructure layers, while business owners and IT managers should focus on the applications. They should insist on cloud solutions that are easy to consume and build their business values on top of simple and safe cloud services.

Benny Schnaider, Ravello Systems
Colin Jack
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3/22/2013 | 3:52:26 PM
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While some CIOs may be hesitant to move to the private cloud, there is no reason to be. In many organizations the private cloud is an important stepping stone to the public cloud. Embotics has helped many clients transition to the private cloud for regulatory and economic reasons. This blog post is a great reference piece relevant to the topic: GǣWhich Comes First, the Private or the Public Cloud?Gǥ http://www.embotics.com/node/3...

Colin Jack
Lead systems engineer G Americas
Embotics Corporation

John-VBS
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3/19/2013 | 6:36:01 PM
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As a view from the SMB market space it appears from the main article and the comments to date that the larger enterprise market space is still working through quite a bit of the issues of using the 'cloud' as part of their integral infrastructure. If history is a guide, this level of discussion generally means the small to medium sized businesses who look for more out of the box standardization and affordable pricing are still some years away. This feels very similar to other technology changes over the past 40 years like Windows and now browser based ERP systems along with eCommerce and EDI systems.

John Gabrys - President - http://www.vbs411.com
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3/19/2013 | 1:39:26 PM
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While the issue of security does loom large for any CIO who's looking to move to the cloud, what we're finding in large enterprise organizations that span physical, virtual and cloud environments, is that CIOs G and to an increasing extent, the executive suite was ell G have a huge (and justified) concern that legacy security approaches designed to deal with known threats are ineffective in today's world of sophisticated APTs. Regardless of where their valuable data is at rest, they must protect it or risk serious financial ramifications and brand issues . This is best accomplished by securing that data as close to the source as possible, putting in place strong policies, advanced encryption and key management, and gathering security intelligence in near real-time. To be honest, I wasn't at all surprised that CIOs want to work with a handful of suppliers to "try and jointly resolve" these challenges. The stakes are enormous. In today's world, only a layered data-centric security approach will be 100% effective, and the potentially disastrous business implications of a major data breach can be great forcing functions for cooperation across the ecosystem.
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3/18/2013 | 8:30:08 PM
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The economics that appear to work in a big public cloud are often lost as a single enterprise tries to do the same. One of the few firms to actually measure the difference and record a savings as it built a private cloud was Cisco. I suspect there's a loss on this front for every enterprise win. The public cloud, with its ability to balance widely varying workloads from different sources, would seem to me to have unbeatable economies of scale. Charlie Babcock, Information Week editor at large


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