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Lowering the Barrier to Security and Compliance in the Cloud

Join me on this upcoming webinar.

Thursday, April 29, 2010
2:00 PM ET | 1:00 PM CT | 11:00 AM PT

Gartner predicts the worldwide market for Cloud computing is increasing from $45 Billion in 2009 to $150 Billion in 2013. In addition, by 2012, “20% of businesses will own no IT assets.”

Oracle's Offers for Cloud Computing

I attended the first North American Oracle Cloud Computing Forum yesterday in West Hollywood, CA.

The 2 takeaways were:
- Oracle has started offering their DB and App products on cloud service providers like Amazon.
-- Deploy. You can use, download, and build AMIs using your own Oracle licenses or use the provided licensed AMI's at a higher cost.
-- Backup. You can also (and should) backup your Oracle database to the cloud right now.

I'll be watching for more Oracle products and services coming soon.

- The big push was for building private Platform as a Service (PaaS) clouds with Oracle/Sun infrastructure. This is the the sweet spot for Oracle/Sun with enterprise customers who have apps/policies that are just not ready or able to move to the cloud - maybe never. So take advantage of the technologies and techniques used by public clouds in your own datacenter.

Trend and Demand for Cloud Security

Security is still at or near the top of the list of many survey results for barriers to adoption of public Cloud Computing. This presents both a challenge and opportunity for providers of cloud-based services and products.

The insatiable demand for cloud computing solutions will economically drive providers to innovate and create an acceptable answer to security in the cloud.

At the same time, scientists are just as motivated to gain fame in this space.

All Rockets Go for City of LA's Google Cloud

Despite recent hacking attempts on Google, the City of LA is committed to progress with moving their 30,000 users to Google Mail and Apps. It is going to be MORE secure than their current environment and will cost less within a short timeframe. They are serving as a model while 50 other governments are asking them for more information on how they are doing this. Part of the agreement includes liability protection from Google if security is breached. Additionally, all data is stored in the US, encrypted, and managed by City staff. That satisfies many of the typical security and privacy and compliance issues that hinder organizations from adopting the cloud.

Congratulations to those that are making this decision.

Read more here:

Article review - Dec 2009 -

fivefiveReview of :

  • The Cloud explained (again) this time with 5 characteristics.
  • Cloud appliances from IBM and others - usually blade-based systems with virtualization, web services, and chargeback already installed for "cloudlike" manageability of the datacenter and the applications that run in it.
  • Google's Chrome OS - An OS or just a good browser? But if it works as advertised, who cares.
  • Server-based desktops apps like MS Office Web Apps, Google Docs, and Zoho - suitable alternatives in many cases especially when collaborating, but still or maybe never, going to pose a major threat to locally installed office applications. HTML 5 may be the answer. Are thin clients going to make a comeback?
  • Big Data - crunch your data in a non-structured format using MapReduce algorithms with Hadoop or Amazon's Elastic MR.
  • Platforms like and Azure - probably where the real impact can be made with a competitive advantage.

City of Los Angeles Enters the Cloud with Google Apps

Randi Levin, CTO, City of Los Angeles and Kevin Crawford, Assistant GM of the Information Technology Agency (ITA) share their views on why they chose Google Apps for their 30K employees.

The City is currently running at a $400M deficit and needs to increase efficiency and cut costs.

They awarded the multi-year contract to CSC who will get assistance from SADA Systems in North Hollywood, CA.

The 30,000 employees are distributed among its 44 departments and will gain many new capabilities and benefits by moving their Email and Document collaboration into Google Apps. They expect 65-85% of the employees will not need any other email or document collaboration apps.

Right now, The City Email is not available from many mobile devices and the mailbox size (quota) is very limited.

They needed a solution that was No/low training, easy to use, intuitive, accessible from mobile devices. Collaboration, Disaster Recovery, and Archiving are among the main benefits that will come with this solution. Along the way, they pick up better availability, security, maintainability, and remote access - all because of the cloud-based solution.

They expect to save $5.5M over the 5 year contract lifetime. When you count all the time, energy, and efficiency gained or saved, they could see an ROI of $20M.

Welcome to the Club Fujistu

Another supplier of cloud infrastructure services has entered into competition with, Google, and Microsoft: Fujitsu, with an expanded, 32,000 square foot data center in Sunnyvale, Calif.

Fujitsu will make servers, networking, and storage in the data center available for use by the hour in the first quarter of 2010, with an emphasis on services that enhance privacy and security in a multi-tenant facility. "We will primarily offer private cloud infrastructure for the enterprise and a platform of choice for independent software vendors," said Daniel Lawson, senior director of solutions offerings and architecture.


CloudExpo Nov 2-4, 2009

I attended the Cloud Computing Conference and Expo in Santa Clara, CA on Nov 2 and 3, 2009. There were 7 tracks with multiple sessions each day. Like many of these conferences, several sessions were presented by paying sponsors that get a chance to "sell" their vision, product, or service. Some were better than others, but there was not much earth-shattering news here.

RightScale Meetup - Nov 2, 2009

RightScaleRightScaleI attended the RightScale meetup in Santa Clara, CA on Nov 2, 2009.

Hundreds of local and far-away customers and partners of RightScale came to hear the latest trends, use cases, and roadmaps directly from the CEO, CTO and several happy customers. With 20,000 users, some of the largest cloud-based websites and grid operations use RightScale.

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