Security is quoted often as one of the main inhibitors in the adoption of cloud computing. A cloud security policy focuses on managing users, protecting data, and securing virtual machines. So is the cloud really insecure? Should companies only place low risk workloads on the cloud?
It surprises some that cloud can actually be more secure than a traditional IT environment. A traditional IT environment requires the use of many different devices and tools to manage the infrastructure. Cloud on the other hand, is managed centrally. If there is a well managed cloud environment, the security can be more efficient. Cloud providers also have implemented a logging and auditing system that traditional enterprises can’t perform themselves. With this centralized security management, a provider has the ability to deliver security control to all of the company’s assets.
Even though a cloud can be more secure than a traditional IT infrastructure, there remain concerns surrounding security:
- If my cloud provider exits the market, what happens to all of my data? Is it still accessible?
- Because my information is available over the web, is it more vulnerable?
- When I terminate a contract with a cloud provider, will my data be deleted, and can I be assured it is removed?
These are valid concerns, and with 40% of enterprises planning on using the cloud, they need to be addressed.
Harold Moss, the IBM CTO of Cloud Security Strategy, has spoken on how cloud is fundamentally more secure than traditional IT environments. He says cloud vendors are able to invest greater resources in security for their servers. In a traditional environment, security can be “bolted on” after the fact whereas in a cloud environment, it is integrated throughout the whole infrastructure. Cloud represents a centralized model that allows for higher quality without incurring high costs.
In the current economic environment, there is constantly the need to do more with less. In the video “What is Cloud Computing,” IBM's Julie Tourre, North America inside sales cloud service sales leader, and IBM's David Wong, global cloud computing marketing strategist, discuss the increasing challenges in the IT environment.
With the recent publicity on security breaches, companies are looking for ways to reduce exposure to risk while still finding sources of growth and innovation. The cloud is a solution to address these challenges. Cloud computing provides end users with the right tools to deliver services where and when they need them. It also has the ability to increase agility in the delivery of IT with its broad spectrum of services. Services that were delivered in weeks can now be delivered in minutes. Cloud computing also helps drive cost reduction, which can be a huge motivator for companies. This cost reduction comes from increased server utilization and automation capabilities that weren’t previously available.
The benefits of the cloud have been recognized by many and companies have started to work with IBM to cut their costs and increase growth. IBM has a three step systematic approach for cloud computing adoption including plan, build and deliver.
Planning involves helping clients build strategies after a deep understanding the company’s current IT infrastructure. In this phase, IBM looks at the elements that a client wants to achieve with the objective of assisting them figure out what makes the most sense for their organization.
Delivering is the final step, which involves clients using IBM services so they don’t have to build a cloud of their own. This service management portion can be seen as the most important because it allows IBM to monitor, provision, automate, and meter a client’s IT infrastructure.
The cloud is unique because it is more of an evolution than something new. Through IBM’s process, clients can easily integrate the cloud into their existing IT infrastructures. IBM offers the ability to help any company, anywhere.
In another video, “How to get started with Cloud Computing,” Julie Tourre speaks with Pete Czornohus, Business Development Executive for IBM Cloud Solutions Group. They discuss various cloud approaches. There is the waterfall approach, which means looking at a company’s requirements, going right into the build phase and then pushing it out into delivery mode. Then there is the agile approach, which involves taking a smaller subset of what the client is trying to do, quickly releasing and then assessing where it is. With this, a client can expand the infrastructure as they go. IBM has the service offerings and technology available to help build a cloud for any client.
Depending on where you are in your cloud strategy and progression, IBM can be there every step of the way.
If you're going to the Cloud Computing World Forum, Europe's leading cloud and SaaS forum in London this week, here's the lineup of what IBM will be showcasing as well as the executive experts that will be speaking at the event that you will not want to miss.
Keynote: Cloudscape: An Overview of the Current World Marketplace Speaker: Mike Hill, Vice President Enterprise Initiatives Location: Cloud Approach Theatre Date and time: Tuesday June 21st, 10 - 10:30 am BST
Session: Establishing ROI for Enterprise 2.0 Speaker: Stuart McRae, Executive Collaboration Evangelist Location: Cloud Approach Theatre Date and time: Wednesday June 22nd, 12:20 - 12:50 pm BST
Join IBM at Structure 2011 in San Francisco, California.
Venue: Mission Bay Conference Center at UCSF (Directions)
Dates: Wednesday June 22 and Thursday June 23
IBM is pleased to be a primetime sponsor of Structure 2011. Registration is still open but there are limited tickets remaining so sign up today!
Visit us on the exhibit area to hear about IBM's point of view on cloud computing and get a cool giveaway too!
You are invited to join the sessions and panel discussions IBM will be hosting and participating in:
SESSION: Partner with IBM to win in the Cloud Speaker: Amy Anderson, Manager of Cloud Business Partner Programs, ISV and Developer Relations, IBM The cloud market opportunity is growing presenting new business opportunities for partners. IBM offers a complete cloud computing ecosystem for business partners of all types. Join for a view of how IBM can help you equip yourself to more fully participate in cloud opportunities and win in the cloud.
Location: Level 2, Room 3 Date: Wednesday, June 22 Time: 9:50 AM - 10:30 AM
PANEL: Latin America: The New Market in The Backyard? Speaker: Rich Lechner - VP, Cloud and Services Marketing, IBM Last year, Brazil experienced its fastest economic growth in almost two decades. Gross domestic product expansion was double what economists had expected the country to reach. As it's economy booms, it's demand is outstripping local supply of technical talent and infrastructure. Does Brazil represent a new market and potentially a new partner for American Cloud Services companies? Or will China and India rise to the occasion?
Date: Wednesday, June 22
Time: 11:30 AM - 11:50 AM
The M&A Panel: A Year of Deals in Review and the Year Ahead Speaker: Lorenzo De La Vega, VP, Application and Integration Middleware, IBM Since 2008, we have seen a “cambrian explosion” of cloud and infrastructure companies. This now being followed by an M&A feeding frenzy, as the early leaders were gobbled up by the giants. In this panel, we assemble some of the leading M&A rockstars and review some of their biggest hits from last year. We will also look to the coming months and find out the types of deals they are sourcing and what technologies will be on their radar.
Today at the Impact 2011 conference in Las Vegas, we caught up with a few IBM Cloud Computing Business Partners who discussed their cloud solutions and they work with and extend the capabilities of the IBM Cloud. Check out these 5 minute quickfire interviews from IBM Business Partners Aviarc, Servoy, Corent, CloudTrigger, CohesiveFT and Kaavo during the Cloud Hour at Impact.
First up was Aviarc's CEO Shane Mercer discussing how cloud offers a new way to socialize and collaborate. Aviarc has a solution that allows you to go back in time in the development environment. Shane talks about how customized solutions may be more cost effective than packaged varieties. Extremely cool!
Jonathan Madden, Senior Business Development Executive at Servoy then gave us the quick view of their work with ISVs and organizations on producing cloud applications in record time. 'The advantages of cloud are clear' said Madden. We're right there with you Jon.
Then Corent's CEO, Feyzi Fatehi spoke about moving forward in the software business and how software-as-a-service is the way to go. He further discusses multitenancy and how successful companies brag about this. Want to know what 'faux saas' and 'smart saas' are, you'll have to check out Feyzi's interview to get the low down.
Up next was CEO Lonnie Wills from CloudTrigger who discussed application development in the cloud and moving applications to the cloud. 'IBM IS the cloud'...'IBM represents everything that cloud is' says Wills. I couldn't have said it better Lonnie.
Ryan Koop from CohesiveFT was up next and discussed their IaaS offering that handles image creation and management as well as virtual networking. CohesiveFT was a runner up for one of our IBM Beacon Awards based on their usage of IBM developerWorks to drive business results. They had some pretty substantial results from using IBM developerWorks and we were happy to collaborate with Ryan and Pat Kerpan to help ensure success using our communities and forums.
And finally, Sam Somashekar, Vice President, Marketing and Business Development from Kaavo told us about Kaavo's solution and how it enables customers to manage IT resources across public, private and hybrid clouds in the context of applications and workloads. Their solution allows a top-down management approach which is great for disaster recovery scenarios and so much more. Sam told us his thoughts on social media since that was a topic discussed in an earlier session at the conference. 'Social media has to be reckoned with... it can be positive or negative...' says Sam.
The Business Partners that were interviewed during Cloud Hour today are working towards their enrollment in a new initiative IBM announced in February for Business Partners who want to collaborate more closely with IBM to win in the Cloud. The new initiative called the IBM Cloud Computing Specialty is a PartnerWorld initiative that was launched to bring together the IT industry's broadest ecosystem of companies providing a wide range of cloud computing services and technologies. We are thrilled to work with these partners!
Check out other video interviews, recorded and live main tent keynotes as well as expo floor highlights from the IBM developerWorks team on the ground in Vegas via the IBM Impact livestream channel.
Cloud computing has matured to a point where it's fully considered mainstream. It's a major growth opportunity for IBM and our Business Partners.
At the PartnerWorld Leadership Conference today, IBM shared strategies and new opportunities to help our Business Partners grow their businesses in the area of cloud computing to help our partners gain the skills, prove they have them, work more closely with each other and IBM, and be rewarded as they leverage IBM technology with their cloud offerings.
While IBM becomes recognized as a market leader in cloud, our Business Partners play a critical role in delivering private and public cloud applications and solutions to clients. Our clients expect to work with the best in the industry. And with many IT vendors looking to grow their businesses via the cloud, credibility and experience are key factors for customers looking to adopt a cloud computing strategy.
The news today centers around two initiatives:
1) The IBM Cloud Computing Specialty - a single program that will create the IT industry’s broadest ecosystem of companies working together to provide a comprehensive set of cloud computing services and offerings for clients of all sizes and industries. It provides IBM Partners with one umbrella program that helps them work with IBM and support their growth through cloud. IBM built the Cloud Specialty based on what our partners said they wanted from IBM, and at the top of list where the opportunities to network with each other and to get closer to IBM and our cloud strategy.
Earlier this year IBM announced the availability of the IBM Industry Specialty. The IBM Industry Specialty provides training plus sales, marketing and technical resources to help ISVs grow their business in specific industries including financial services, telecommunications, healthcare, retail and energy and utilities. As part of the IBM Industry Specialty, partners must demonstrate their deep vertical knowledge of an industry, and understanding business analytics as it applies to these industries plays a key role. The IBM Cloud Specialty looks more horizontally at addressing cloud computing across many industries.
The IBM Cloud Computing Specialty will support five paths or company types for Business Partners that demonstrate their proven expertise and customer success in cloud computing. Qualified partners that demonstrate proven skills and market success can gain access to a wide range of IBM cloud computing marketing and sales enablement resources to help them build, market and sell cloud computing solutions.
2) The second piece of news is around a new IBM Cloud Computing Authorization, the first IBM Cloud Computing Authorization designed specifically for resellers of IBM software. The formation of the authorization is being announced today Tuesday Feb 14 and it will be open for enrollment this May.
Learn more about the cloud news at the IBM Business Partner Webcast on February 24th. We are offering the session at two times to accommodate all.
Register to join a on-demand virtual roundtable discussion to hear industry experts describe how your peers are using cloud computing to modernize application development in a way that not only lowers costs, but also makes the overall process more flexible, agile and responsive to the dynamically changing needs of a Smarter Business.
Topics to be discussed include:
How to tightly couple application development and operations
Best practices for managing allocation of virtual servers
How agile development and the cloud complement each other
Join experts from IBM, IBM Business Partner CohesiveFT, IASA and others to hear how to manage application development in the cloud.
If you missed our Summer series of Cloud Computing virtual events, you're in luck, the June and August event replays are now available for your viewing pleasure.
The June event had some interesting sessions around cloud in the enterprise and we had the pleasure of hearing from four IBM Business Partners. They discussed their cloud solutions that complement the IBM Cloud.
Here's a quick recap of what you can expect from the June event replay:
Senior technology leaders from iTKO, WaveMaker, Corent Technology and Aviarc discussed application virtualization offerings relevant to the software delivery lifecycle.
The demo from iTKO on how to deploy virtual development and testing platforms in cloud environments was interesting.
WaveMaker shared best practices on introducing cloud to the enterprise and demonstrated how to create a WebSphere app running in the cloud with cool WYSIWYG tools.
Corent Technology's SOA and metamodel database capabilities discussion was intriguing and Aviarc wrapped up with a session on the greater control that will be in developers' hands in the new world of cloud computing.
These sessions and more are available to you now on-demand so take advantage of the replay to stay up to date on what IBM and IBM Business Partners are doing in the cloud.
Register once to access the Cloud Computing for Developers Summer 2010 event series.
What’s the bottom line on cloud computing? It’s the bottom line. Companies today want to save money in their IT budgets, but deliver the same IT services (or better) that they’ve always delivered. And although the cloud may appear to offer unlimited computing resources, that illusion will only exist as long as IT managers plan effectively for their capacity requirements.
In other words, the secret to a successful cloud strategy is having just enough physical resources to meet anticipated demand for virtualized IT resources. Failing to do so results in lost efficiency and unhappy end-users.
A good place to start? Analyze historic usage patterns and trends in your IT environment. This will allow you to estimate when resources should be added, and how many resources will be needed. These patterns can be affected by many things—holiday shopping spikes for online stores, tax season for tax preparers, large rendering jobs for video production companies, etc. By tracking usage patterns over time, you can better understand traffic growth.
For accurate forecasting, administrators will need to monitor the following.
Total cloud capacity
Total amount of resources allocated (CPU, memory, disk, etc.)
Total amount of consumption of allocated resources
Number of user requests
Number of virtual machines requested
New tools and processes are being developed to better manage cloud computing environments. A complete review of the principles of effective cloud capacity planning can be found in an IBM white paper being published at the end of July 2010, titled Capacity Planning for Cloud Computing: Maximizing cloud value. The paper will be posted on this blog it becomes available.
In the early days of IT, "delivery" meant something very different than it does today. Back then, in response to a purchase order, delivery meant that a lot of computers and related hardware would show up one day on the loading dock of the customer. After that it was often anyone's guess what would happen next.
Ideally, of course, all those computers would eventually be connected, and would provide IT services to the customer.
Today, IT customers expect something very different when we talk about delivery. In the age of cloud computing, customers have the option of jumping right to IT service delivery, and no longer worry about all the intermediate steps required in an earlier time.
Cloud computing offers three distinct delivery models to reach this goal, depending on the needs of the customer: private cloud, public cloud or hybrid cloud. As the name suggests, a private cloud is contained within the firewalled customer IT environment. Here the customer has all the capabilities of cloud computing-rapid service provisioning, elasticity of compute resources, unsurpassed network latency, and higher asset utilization. The customer can also implement any security and compliance policies that may be required for their confidential or sensitive applications or data. Human resources and financial data analysis typically have good synergy with this cloud model.
The public cloud provides elastic IT resources as a service on the internet in the pay-by-the-drink "op-ex" model, which essentially eliminates capital expenditure ("cap-ex"), as well as the need to plan ahead. In the public cloud model, massive array of resources could be deployed in minutes and vacated just as quickly. Unlike the private cloud, however, there is less customization possible and the menu of services offered is often limited. Public clouds are frequently used for one-time processing of non-critical data and content hosting with unpredictable traffic demands.
Finally, hybrid clouds are environments that live outside the corporate firewall, yet offer an added degree of security that isolates customer networks from one another. While inherently less flexible than the private cloud, a hybrid cloud offers the compelling cost model that nears that of a public cloud, and can be used for time-sensitive spill-over loads that a private cloud cannot accommodate. The IBM Smart Business Development and Test on the IBM Cloud beta is a public cloud today but will soon offer hybrid cloud features.
Public, private or hybrid. Whether using one or several of these cloud models in the enterprise, customers can realize significant cost and time savings over earlier IT delivery models, including the painful “drop ship” delivery method of an earlier time.
Do you wish to learn more about the beta of the IBM Developer Cloud? Please join us for the upcoming webcast entitled IBM Smart Business Development and Test with Linux on the Cloud, where we'll discuss IBM vision of Cloud computing, our Linux strategy,
and how they come together in the beta implementation of the Developer
Hi everyone; we've made a few really cool additions to the Developer Cloud beta (also known as the IBM Smart Business Development and Test on the IBM Cloud) in the past few days. You may recall that the beta is a true cloud system that allows you to provision a server or two loaded with IBM Software, or grab a base OS image and load your own software on it.
This Thursday, we've added mountable cloud storage, which makes a fine addition to the "ephemeral"
storage space that already comes with your virtual machine instances.
The Cloud storage won't go away when your instance does, and you can
attach it to a different instance or mount it across multiple instances.
we've made available the IP address reservation system. A reserved IP
address could be assigned to an instance, or dissociated from it when
this instance de-provisions and assigned to a new instance. This is a
step on the trajectory of keeping your topologies consistent and
There are numerous
enhancements to the system, from the user interface to the back end.
We hope that you will find the beta more usable, powerful, and stable.
we invite you to sample the features that we released in the past
several weeks. There's the RedHat OS image, much requested by the user
community, and then there's the documented and comprehensive RESTful API,
which allows you to interact with the beta web site programmatically
(see some samples here). We've been working on providing additional
documentation for the system and its images as well. Check out the new
How-to Wiki and the Getting Started Guide for the image creators, just to name a few. Or, try the beta and let us know what you think!
(Submitted by Ria Hyman (email@example.com), SWG Marketing Manager for Cloud Computing.)
What keeps clients, business partners and ISVs from investing in new applications and bringing new solutions to market? Our research revealed the top reasons:
Availability of infrastructure resources
Upfront software licensing cost
Creating, deploying and selling high value situational applications
With cloud computing these barriers disappear and software developers gain virtually instantaneous, low-cost access to a broad range of middleware and development platforms.
But how do you get from here to there? How do developers go from earlier ways of building solutions to new, cost-effective cloud-centric models?
On October 1, IBM software experts are teaming up with the technical evangelists at Amazon Web Services (AWS) to host a Cloud Computing for Developers virtual workshop.Topics include:
Time-saving secrets to avoid common pitfalls of developing on the cloud
An insider’s view of how cloud services work, hearing from developers and ISVs using IBM software on the clou
Essential things you'll need to learn (and unlearn) as you start to write cloud applications
The simple API that’s the key to identifying and calling relevant services from you web app
Maximizing cloud effectiveness, including caching and databases
Check it out, and learn how you can use cloud to create the same apps you’re creating today, at a lower cost. Not only that, but you’ll see how you can begin designing a whole range of new applications with IBM software on the cloud.