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University of Berkley has published an excellent paper on cloud computing, the argument regarding data security in the cloud is that encrypted data in the cloud can be more secure than unencrypted data in the internal datacenter. Almost nobody uses encryption in internal datacenters as they are percieved as secure.  Here is an excerpt from the study: “We believe that there are no fundamental obstacles to making a cloud-computing environment as secure as the vast majority of in-house IT environments, and that many of the obstacles can be overcome immediately with well understood technologies such as encrypted storage, Virtual Local Area Networks, and network middle boxes (e.g. firewalls, packet filters). For example, encrypting data before placing it in a Cloud may be even more secure than unencrypted data in a local data center; this approach was successfully used ... (more)

Deploying and Managing Custom Apps in the Cloud

At Kaavo we recognized that there is a need to provide a horizontal framework that anyone can use to quickly build a vertical solution for running and managing their complex custom applications in the cloud. To enable single click deployment and runtime management of any custom application in the cloud Kaavo’s IMOD uses System Definition file for automating complex workflows and dependencies for deployment and runtime management.  Understanding the structure of System Definition file is important to fully benefit from Kaavo’s application centric management approach. System Defin... (more)

Oracle support for Amazon EC2 and its implications on the industry

This past week, Oracle announced that it will be fully supporting and certifying a range of its software products including E-Business Suite, PeopleSoft Enterprise, Siebel CRM, Fusion Middleware, etc. on Amazon EC2.  This is a huge win for Amazon and a very big win and validation for the Infrastructure as a Service industry.  What is interesting about this announcement, is that for supporting EC2, Amazon is enabling Oracle to run their applications in Oracle VM on EC2 instead of the standard XEN VM used in Amazon EC2.   This is an interesting move on the part of Oracle and will ... (more)

Managing IT Risks in a Cloudy World – Take away from Amazon recent outage

Several popular websites and companies were impacted by the recent Amazon cloud outage.  It was quite surprising to see that so many of the companies had no backup plans to restore their applications at an alternate location.  Just because we are using cloud doesn’t mean that we should forget all the lessons we have learned over the years in managing IT risks.  There are several ways companies can mitigate their risk exposure due to these types of outages.  For example one of Kaavo’s customers runs their application across Amazon and Rackspace cloud using Kaavo IMOD; ... (more)

I Want Cloud Apps, Not Just Cloud Servers! – Part I

It is amazing how I continue to hear people talk about how they are still not familiar with “cloud”, what it is and how it will help their specific business. Just the other day I spoke to a customer prospect who believed they had a private cloud – as it turns out they had a virtual server farm which still could not be accessed through a self-service portal.  But I am not surprised – after years of “cloud-washing” incumbent IT management solutions that cost a lot of money, time, and resources to implement, vendors have dictated how YOU should us... (more)