What the Cloud Transition Means for IT

Daniel Joseph Barry

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Virtualization has transformed the economics of running data centers. Indeed one could say that without virtualization, data centers would have faced a serious power consumption dilemma. With virtualization, it is now possible to make more efficient use of physical resources and thereby space and power consumption, which lead to cost savings. Cost, space and power will continue to dominate the agenda as Internet data traffic continues to grow between 50% and 60% per year. Indeed, for data centers, traffic could grow even quicker as cloud computing centralizes more computing resources and more devices are used to exchange data, such as mobile phones, tablets, and TVs. As more computing resources are centralized, monitoring, analyzing and securing these resources become more important than ever. Yet, network appliances today are typically single server implementations... (more)

Beyond Walls: Modern Security Detection | @CloudExpo #Cloud #Security

Our walls of security prevention are actually being surmounted every day - we just don't always know it. Assaults from within the network, as well as zero-day threats, are driving new types of solutions referred to as "advanced threat detection" (ATD). ATD brings in real-time packet capture and analysis in addition to monitoring of logs and NetFlow information, as well as recording of packet capture data for near-real-time and post-analysis. By analyzing data traffic, it is possible to build a profile of normal network behavior that can then be compared against real-time data or ... (more)

The Transition to Cloud Computing: What Does It Mean For You?

Cloud Computing on Ulitzer We are standing on the threshold of a new transition in information technology and communications; a radical departure from current practice that promises to bring us new levels of efficiency at a vastly reduced cost. Cloud computing is full of potential, bursting with opportunity and within our grasp. But, remember, that clouds always appear to be within our grasp and bursting clouds promise only one thing: rain! As with all radical transitions, it takes time for the various pieces to fall into place. Some of them are already in place; some of them hav... (more)

Testing the Cloud

Cloud computing has now passed the stage of hype to reality. More and more enterprises are realizing the benefits of remote hosting of IT services rather than local IT management, especially as managing and operating IT networks and services is not getting any easier. Managing IT networks requires a broad set of competencies in a growing number of technologies and products. It therefore makes sense that these competencies are centralized in larger data centers providing cloud services to a number of smaller enterprises for which IT is not a core competency. Larger data centers al... (more)

The Emergence of the Universal Appliance

In 1956, Malcolm McLean invented a shipping system that revolutionized cargo shipping forever, namely the container. The shipping container provides a standard, universal packing solution that can be used for transporting whatever you need to ship. Containers can be transported on trucks, trains or on ships, because they are of standard size. Containers are an example of a universal solution that revolutionized the shipping industry. Can the emergence of the standard PC server platform as a universal computing platform herald the proliferation of even more innovative dedicated n... (more)