I was talking with Avanade’s Senior Director for Enterprise Security, Ace
Swerling, earlier today. The conversation touched on a wide range of security
and identity management issues that I’ll probably return to, but one of
Ace’s comments brought my attention back to an issue that has been nagging
at me for a while.
As I’m sure we all know, security concerns often figure highly in
discussions about moving Enterprise applications and data to the Cloud.
Indeed, I spoke with other Avanade executives earlier this year to report on
a survey they had commissioned that suggested just how significant these
concerns can be for potential customers.
In today’s conversation, Ace appeared to agree (as do I) with the frequent
assertion that Cloud providers’ own systems will tend to be more secure
than those that the majority of potential customers have in-house today.
These ser... (more)
Cloud computing is great, right? As a way to get something up and running
quickly, affordably, and with a minimum of fuss, it can rarely be beaten.
But some of the most compelling attributes of the public cloud are best
suited to ephemeral or (relatively!) short-term use cases. You can spin up a
cloud server in minutes. You can scale a cloud-based application to cope with
the peaks and troughs of demand. You can control all of this through a web
console, with no more than a credit card and a laptop. Silicon Valley, SoMa,
Silicon Alley, Silicon Roundabout, Silicon Allee, Silicon Wa... (more)
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For too long, the emphasis in Cloud Computing circles has been almost
exclusively upon provision of rapidly scalable and ad hoc remote computing on
top of cost-effective commodity hardware. The Cloud play from Salesforce,
Amazon’s EC2 and the rest has been dominated by the implicit assumption
that these Cloud-based resources are an extension of the corporate data
center; a way to simply reduce the costs of enterprise computing. There is
value in this business, but there are bigger opportunities. Cloud Computing,
and the various *aaS movements, have finally brou... (more)
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Most readers of this blog are probably well aware that a new version of the
Ubuntu Linux distribution is coming this week, and that it will be putting
code from the Open Source EUCALYPTUS Project to work in simplifying the
creation of private Clouds that look remarkably like Amazon’s EC2. You’ve
probably also read RightScale’s announcements with respect to Ubuntu, and
heard that Sun Microsystems were also making supportive noises about
EUCALYPTUS and the EC2 API before their recent change in circumstances.
Earlier today I spoke with Simon Wardley of Canonical (... (more)
One of the biggest drains on time, effort and motivation in this business is
the hell of arranging physical and virtual meetings with clients, prospects
and podcast interviewees. Few of those people are in my timezone, we have no
shared Exchange or Lotus Notes to endure rely upon, and I have absolutely no
control over the calendaring solution that they choose to use in managing
their own time. For all I know or care, half of them might still retain
secretaries with quill pens to keep their paper diaries.
Over the years, I have tried a lot of tools wi... (more)