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Brussels, Belgium - February 19, 2014 - CloudBees, Inc., the Enterprise Platform as a Service (PaaS) innovation leader, today announced an agreement with Verizon Enterprise Solutions to make the CloudBees PaaS available on the new Verizon Cloud. This agreement is part Verizon's ongoin...
One of the most interesting trends in cloud computing is the emergence of “hybrid” solutions which span environments that were historically isolated from one another.  A traditional data center offers finite capacity in support of business applications, but it is ultim...
VMware made several cloud-related announcements this week at VMworld, its annual user conference, including partnerships with global cloud service providers, a Web site that aggregates information on cloud service providers, simplified transfer of virtual machines from one data center ...
The Verizon acquisition of Cloud Switch is tremendous validation for solution providers in the cloud enablement space and confirmation of the need for cloud onboarding tools to help lower the barrier to entry for businesses looking to adopt cloud services. Migration tools and services ...
New CloudSwitch customers and prospects are coming up to speed every week and there are a number of questions that show up frequently enough that I thought it would be helpful to cover them in a blog. When we work with customers, our goal is to make their experience getting started in ...
Farm tractors and military tanks share an intertwined history that started when some smart person proposed the tracks on some farming equipment as imagethe cross-country tool that tanks needed to get across a rubble and shell-hole strewn World War One battlefield. For the ensuing sixty...
If I had a dime for every panel discussion that led to a heated debate around whether or not to re-architect for the cloud… I think the heat around this issue reflects some underlying confusion about how to handle all those “annoying” legacy apps. It’s an area of particular interest to...
As customers continue their march to the cloud we have heard from a large number who want to use SharePoint Server in the cloud. Two major concerns that show up frequently are migration of existing custom deployments and data security. These organizations have spent years customizing ...
Last week I wrote about the Cloud.com acquisition and what it means for Citrix, Rackspace, OpenStack and the industry. Next, I’d like to dig into the VMware announcement about their cloud infrastructure suite. Citrix clearly wanted to announce their news just prior to VMware’s, and for...
Sometimes it’s fun to look back at your predictions to remember what you were thinking at the time and see how accurate you turned out to be. Based on some recent conversations, I decided to revisit one of our early blog posts from 2009, where we were envisioning the direction this ind...
Hybrid clouds are achieving almost universal buy-in as the way enterprises use the cloud. As we’ve described previously, the hybrid model federates internal and external resources so customers can choose the most appropriate match for workload requirements. The approach is already tran...
Cloud security remains a top concern for enterprise cloud deployments. Unresolved policy and control issues make it difficult to meet the requirements of corporate security and networking teams. As a result, we frequently hear from our customers that they assume they can only put the l...
The Amazon US East outage of just over a week ago was an eye-opener for many people. Here at CloudSwitch it validated what we know about best practices for using the cloud. Not surprisingly, these reflect traditional IT processes and systems that enterprises know are needed to protect ...
In case you haven’t heard, last week Amazon’s Web Services had an extended outage that affected a lot of cloud users and has created a big stir in the cloud computing community. Here is my take on the outage, what it means, and how it affected both us and our customers. First, the ...
As our enterprise customers embrace the cloud, we’ve been hearing a growing demand to help them optimize enterprise network connectivity as they scale their cloud deployments. At CloudSwitch, we’ve been thinking about the issue of network optimization for quite some time now and workin...
In our discussions with industry insiders, we’re hearing more and more about the need for a cloud gateway — technology that provides a bridge between an organization’s internal environment and one or more public clouds. It’s a message we’re also hearing with growing frequency from ente...
A few weeks ago Amazon released a new feature for Amazon Web Services (AWS) called CloudFormation. This allows a user to organize the process for provisioning and operating resources in the AWS environment and is an evolution of the AWS model of “some assembly required.” We have ofte...
We recently talked about CloudSwitch’s security model while highlighting our integration with Active Directory. Our architecture addresses three areas of protection which we believe are required to make the cloud secure for enterprises – security within the data center, between the da...
Today, Amazon announced a new version of their Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) offering. This move reflected the learning and requirements from enterprise customers who have tested or deployed VPC over the past year. Initially, VPC was developed to provide a secure tunnel (layer-3) from th...
The way you know you’re in the midst of a technology shift and market disruption is when organizations don’t behave the way you expect them to based on past track records. Cloud computing has been filled with surprises and unexpected behavior from the get-go. First, Amazon, a retailer,...
Security concerns about the public cloud have always been a top priority here at CloudSwitch. Moving to the public cloud is fraught with potential risks and security managers have legitimate concerns about data integrity, an opaque security model in the cloud and unauthorized access by...
By John McEleneyYou can’t turn on the radio without hearing holiday music, and one of my favorites is John Lennon’s “Happy Christmas.”  As he and Yoko sang, “Another year over, and a new one just begun.” It really is hard to believe that we&rsqu...
Amazon has announced another important tool in their ongoing platform innovation for EC2 – the VM Import tool. This converter allows you to “bring your VMware images to the cloud.” As we’ve seen extensively at CloudSwitch, this is a primary use case for most enterprises – the ability t...
Security concerns (real and imagined) have long dominated much of the cloud conversation and caused many companies to deliberate about getting started in the cloud. Slowly, the security issues are being addressed--through the adoption of corporate policies for cloud usage, maturing clo...
Seems like it was only yesterday when industry pundits were backing away from public clouds in favor of the safer, more big-vendor-compliant “private clouds.” After Amazon shook things up with its new paradigm for computing and storage clouds in 2007, and started to gain traction (alon...
Last week Citrix announced OpenAccess and OpenBridge, two new offerings for cloud computing.  OpenAccess focuses on single sign-on and identity management while OpenBridge is designed to allow connections between local resources and cloud resources.  The OpenBridge announceme...
As we work with dozens of companies that are actively running pilots and doing early deployments in the cloud, it made me think about what the “new normal” will look like in enterprise IT infrastructure. A recent report from the Yankee Group shows that adoption of cloud is accelerating...
When Rackspace first started talking with me about open sourcing their cloud software, I was truly intrigued. The idea of releasing the software behind their cloud was unexpected given that most cloud providers treat their infrastructure, and particularly their control software, as a ...
The World Cup is the world’s largest sporting event and this year’s extravaganza from South Africa has been exciting, but not without controversy. Any sports fan watching the recent match between England and Germany had to be frustrated to see English midfielder Frank Lampard’s goal cl...
I recently read a Bank of America Merrill Lynch report about cloud computing, and they described private clouds as "old wine in a new bottle." I think they nailed it! The report points out that a typical private cloud set-up looks much the same as the infrastructure components current...
While there is no “official” definition of cloud computing, I believe programmatic access to virtually unlimited network, compute, and storage resources is an essential characteristic.  Even though many users access cloud computing through consoles and third-party appl...
We often talk about CloudSwitch moving legacy applications to the cloud in a simple and secure way; this raises the question of what exactly we mean by “legacy.” To be more specific, we mean a broad range of apps—including third-party, custom and customized off-the-shelf applications—...
By Damon Miller As Director of Technical Field Operations for CloudSwitch, I have the pleasure of interacting with most of our customers on a regular basis.  This is an integral part of my job since I’m ultimately responsible for making sure we provide a positive experience ...
Security is always mentioned as a key factor limiting cloud adoption, but what does “security” really mean in the cloud? To understand the potential risks of cloud computing—and how to address them—we need to be more specific. Once we’ve accurately defined...
We have been working hard to allow you to move all of the components of your application to the cloud. With this capability, you are not adding the latency between your data center and the cloud to the interactions between the servers in the cloud. A simple example is moving both the...