Cloud Link Roundup #7 - IT Pros, the Feds, Transparency, and More

Every Friday we like to highlight some of our favorite posts on Cloud Computing, service orientated infrastructure, Devops, and anything else that grabbed our attention over the week. Here are six great articles from the week of April 25th that are worth taking a look at. Enjoy!

For one example of how the cloud changes what IT pros do, consider Brady's Salesforce.com specialists. Curran has two people in the U.S., one in Asia, and one in Europe whose role is to help business units leverage the Salesforce apps and other IT to solve problems. "They live and breathe in the business all day long," Curran says.

Having attended the OpenStack Design Summit this week and at the same time fielding calls from Forrester clients affected by the Amazon Web Services (AWS) outage, an interesting contrast in approaches bore out. You could boil it down to closed versus open but there’s more to this contrast that should be part of your consideration when selecting your Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) providers.

Kundra says the roadmap calls for 800 of the government’s 2,094 data centers to be closed by 2015, with their workloads shifted to more efficient data centers or cloud computing platforms.

As part of Wikibon’s continuing series of Infographics on Cloud Computing, this time we look at some of the differences between large enterprise and cloud data centers.....Companies like Amazon, Microsoft, Rackspace and others are building massive data centers that are 6-7X more cost effective at scale. With economics like this, it’s no surprise that Amazon Web Services is tracking toward $1B in revenue and the overall cloud services market is expected to reach nearly $50B by mid decade.

It is only a bit of hyperbole to say that everything that you once knew about designing a data center LAN needs to be re-examined in light of shifts in demand, technology and the vendor landscape.

The irony of the cloud is that you’re theoretically just buying something as a service without worrying about the underlying implementation details — but most savvy cloud computing buyers actually peer at the underlying implementation in grotesquely more detail than, say, most managed hosting customers ever look at the details of how their environment implemented by the provider. The reason for this is that buyers lack adequate trust that the providers will actually offer the availability, performance, and security that they claim they will.



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