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Zenny's Weekly Cloud Links #26 - Cloud Encryption, Cisco, Rackspace, PaaS, Big Data, Hype Cycle

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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 some great articles from the week of September 5th that are worth taking a look at. Enjoy!

 

Cloud Computing as an IT-forcing Function by Mike Vizard

“IT organizations in one form or another have been talking about managing IT-as-a-service for well over a decade now. But for one reason or another, accomplishing that long-standing goal has proven to be elusive for most IT organizations.”

Cloud Encryption and Security Tips by Gilad Parann-Nissany

“One of these days your company will start shifting compute resources to the cloud, and as you probably know, the many advantages cloud computing has to offer still leave the responsibility for data security and data compliance on you and your security team.”

Has Dell got what it takes for cloud success? by Martin Courtney

“Dell plans to launch a public cloud computing service later this year…However, while the company strives to emulate rivals HP, IBM and Oracle in becoming a one-stop shop for business buyers looking for either on-premise or cloud-based application and infrastructure systems, analysts question whether Dell has the datacenter capacity for the job, especially in Europe, and the extent to which it will rely on partnerships to mask the gaps in its portfolio.”

Cloud Computing: What You Need to Know About PaaS by Bernard Golden

“PaaS, or Platform as a Service, development offerings bring tremendous power and productivity to IT departments, along with a host of new challenges. Bernard Golden explains what CIOs need to know about this nascent segment of the cloud computing market.”

The Need for a Big Data Application Platform by Nati Shalom

“Application platforms provide a framework for making the development of applications simpler. They do this by carving out the generic parts of applications such as security, scalability, and reliability (which are attributes of a 'good' application) from the parts of the applications that are specific to our business domain.”

Six Energy-Efficient Data Center Practices by Daniel P. Dern

“Many data centers are up against the maximum electric power available to them from their utility. Others are facing management challenges: the amount of time to deploy new capacity, and to manage existing capacity and systems. And gains made by virtualizing and consolidating servers are often lost again as more gear is added in.”

Newly Released Gartner 2011 Hype Cycle for Cloud Computing – Does Cloud Security Belong? by David Asprey

“While there is a lot of really good analysis in this hype cycle, I just don’t buy the cloud security positioning. Cloud security is positioned so it is about to fall into the famed trough of disillusionment. If the hype cycle was dogma, this would be true, but I’m not so sure here. “

Steps for Improving Capacity Management in the Age of Cloud Computing by Fabio Violante

“When you wake up in the morning and flip on a light switch, you don't think about whether the local power company has enough electricity available to power the light. Likewise, when you switch on the coffee pot or turn on your stove to make breakfast, you don't wonder about the available capacity of your local power grid.”

Moving to the all-cloud company 'is the next challenge' by BBC News

“…For Rackspace I think our biggest challenge is the shift going on to cloud computing. Everything we've done over the last 10 or so years is having to be re-engineered and re-thought as we move into the era of cloud computing.”

Will Cloud Computing Really Be As Big As The Internet? by Forbes

“I have heard many folks across the tech world – CIOs, analysts and customers – boldly proclaim that cloud computing will be as big as the Internet. Is this reality?  Wishful thinking? “Delusions of grandeur?” Whatever your take, it’s an exciting prospect and worth exploring. Let’s take a look at how cloud has impacted the consumer world and whether it’s truly poised to make a similar impact on global businesses.”

 

And a few more noteworthy pieces to check out…

 

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