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February 12, 2012  11:00 AM

Robust Cloud Network Architectures, or why the Internet runs on Layer 3



Posted by: Beth Cohen
Cloud architectures, Cloud Network Architectures, Cloud Networks, Data Center Networks, Data center operations, IaaS, Layer 2 networks, Layer 3 networks, Virtual Networks

Question:  I am designing a network for my private cloud.  Should I use Layer 2 switches or Layer 3 routers for my cloud network architecture?

Since the dawn of the Internet there has been an on-going debate over whether to...

February 4, 2012  10:30 AM

Cloud Use Cases – Making the cloud work for you!



Posted by: Beth Cohen
application development, Cloud architectures, Cloud business models, Cloud Business strategy, cloud computing models, cloud infrastructure, enterprise, enterprise cloud services, IaaS, IT portfolio management, PaaS

Question:  My company is exploring building a private cloud.  What uses that will best leverage my cloud infrastructure investment?

The magic of the cloud is that it can do anything.  It is both robust and flexible, the best...


January 3, 2012  1:30 PM

Cloud Hardware – Sacrificing system efficiency for low cost



Posted by: Beth Cohen
Cloud architectures, cloud computing models, Cloud Data Storage, cloud hardware, Cloud Reference architecture, Data center operations, disk failure, IT hardware

Question:  Is the cloud really hardware agnostic?

The wonderful thing about cloud architectures is that they are designed to be cost effective at massive scales.  The major cloud providers are profitable not only because...


December 27, 2011  10:00 AM

May the Best Cloud Reference Architecture Win!



Posted by: Beth Cohen
Cloud architectures, Cloud Business strategy, cloud computing models, Cloud computing standards, cloud development platforms, Cloud Reference architecture, enterprise cloud, OpenStack

Question:  How can the cloud standardize on a reference architecture when there are so many different ones?

In our work, clients often ask for a cloud reference architecture.  They see it as a holy grail that will provide clear vision and help...


December 18, 2011  1:30 PM

Recovering from Big Bangs, Glops and Legacy Linguini



Posted by: Beth Cohen
Cloud architectures, Cloud Business strategy, cloud computing models, Cloud migration, enterprise cloud services, enterprise IT, IT governance, IT portfolio management, managing Cloud Portfolios, Private Cloud

Question:  How can cloud migrations cut through the mess of legacy applications and failed IT initiatives?

The growing IT best practices consensus is that creating enterprise clouds are smart money for corporations.  Private...


December 4, 2011  10:00 AM

Cloud in a Box – Shortcut to the Cloud?



Posted by: Beth Cohen
Cloud architectures, enterprise architectures, enterprise cloud services, enterprise IT, OpenStack, VCE, VMware

Question:  Building a private cloud can be an overwhelming project involving a holistic understanding of operations and development.  Is it really possible to shortcut the process?

Not surprisingly according to just about...


October 17, 2011  4:00 PM

Emerging Cloud Security Products



Posted by: Beth Cohen
Cloud architectures, cloud compliance, Cloud innovation, Cloud security, Cloud Strategy

Question: What are some emerging cloud security products and approaches that assuage IT and Business executive concerns?

New technologies require new approaches; the cloud is a new technology that has already had a profound...


October 11, 2011  12:00 PM

OpenStack – An emerging cloud IaaS standard



Posted by: Beth Cohen
Cloud architectures, cloud computing models, Cloud computing standards, Cloud innovation, IaaS, OpenStack

Question: When will cloud computing have standards so that more companies will feel comfortable implementing cloud architectures and using cloud services without feeling locked in?

Cloud computing is finally maturing as a...


September 18, 2011  4:30 PM

Blue Skies Ahead – A New Paradigm for Cloud Security



Posted by: Beth Cohen
Business Security, Cloud architectures, cloud computing models, Cloud security, enterprise cloud services, IT security

Question: Cloud security is still a major concern for IT and Business executives.  Are there emerging security products that address the unique challenges of the cloud?

Progress has been made; business executives no longer...


September 6, 2011  4:15 PM

Patchy Clouds with a Chance of Rain



Posted by: Beth Cohen
Business Security, Cloud architectures, Cloud innovation, Cloud portfolio management, Cloud security, Security

Question: As the cloud model of IT service delivery matures, have the security standards and technologies kept up? Cloud Computing has already fundamentally changed the way consumers and small businesses use the Internet.  However, as with any new technology...


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