Zenny’s Weekly Cloud Links #29 - Big Data, Cisco IA, OpenStack, Public vs. Private Cloud, IaaS

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 26th that are worth taking a look at. Enjoy!



Unlocking Hidden Profits With Big Data Analytics by Eric Savitz

Networks have evolved into a strategic asset. Along with voice, video and data packets, enterprise networks carry customer relationships, revenue opportunities, operational efficiency and expense control. Companies are investing heavily in preemptive testing and quality assurance monitoring solutions to prevent customer dissatisfaction and revenue leakage while still containing costs.

Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud by Wayne Greene

Cisco is a trusted advisor for many companies in the space of routing and switching.   What about collaboration, unified communications, video, and telepresence?  Cisco leads the top enterprises along their journey to these new technogies.   The data center was the latest Cisco technology to have a major impact on the IT departments of enterprises and service providers.

OpenStack Cloud Software Hits Puberty by Jo Maitland

Even though OpenStack has a long way to go before it's a complete cloud OS, Diablo -- the much anticipated fourth version of the software -- fills in many holes and problems users had. New security capabilities, federation across data centers and high availability features are an important step forward.

The Cloud’s Tipping Point by Ray Depena

I always enjoy hearing from those of you who have come to the conclusion that cloud computing will not work, and decided you will not be developing plans to shift your business to the Cloud. Sometimes the analysis is sound. More often than not, it omits key variables.

Public vs Private Cloud Computing: The Great Debate Continues by Ariel Dan

As a cloud security vendor, we often get questioned about public cloud security and how secure is the public cloud… When it comes to public cloud security, all leading cloud providers are investing significant efforts and resources in securing and certifying their datacenters.

Will the Real Cloud Please Stand Up! by Brad Vaughan

It has become increasingly obvious that the marketing has turned on the cloud, supported by articles and interestingly the apparent abandonment of the clouderati… The conclusion it reaches, is cloud has abstracted a lot of detail that might be labeled support and/or operations at a infrastructure or physical data center level. It has not however reduced the importance of IT Service Management (ITSM) or proper architecture design.

Corporate IT Is Not Dead by Matthew Brown

Last week the New York Times Bits blog published an article with some recent Forrester data we published entitled "IT Departments Lose Their Clout Over Phone Choices" here. The article got all the data facts right about people provisioning their own technology, but I was kinda surprised by some of the virulent comments people posted about the article. The first commenter claimed: "This is the beginning of the end of the corporate IT department."

Accelerating the Enterprise Use of Private Clouds by Liz McMillan

"The Obama/Kundra effect of pushing more government data to the web and promoting the application of cloud scale efficiencies has been felt across all markets," noted Bart Copeland, President & CEO of ActiveState Software, in this exclusive Q&A with Cloud Expo Conference Chair Jeremy Geelan. "The thought leadership and leadership by example," Copeland continued, "has raised both the visibility and spurred the growth of a number of important projects."

Data May Actually Be Safer in the Cloud by Joe McKendrick

Security has been a showstopper for cloud for some time. Is it now becoming cloud’s best selling point? Ever since cloud computing became part of our lexicon a few years back, the main showstopper, as seen by many enterprises, has been security. Many executives and managers are nervous about entrusting sensitive or competitive corporate data to offsite, and often unseen, third-parties.


And a few honorable mentions from the b-roll...



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