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Dec

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Oct

Cloud Wars: Why History Will Repeat Itself

Cloud Wars: Why History Will Repeat Itself 
From  Pat O’Day @ www.sys-con.com

“Battles over formats and standards in the technology industry aren’t new. Whether it was e-mail, word processing, graphical images or even some more current like the apps on your smart phone, each new innovation typically starts out somewhat proprietary and incompatible. 

Today we live in a world where a lot of those battles have been fought and won while some are only starting to heat up. Formats tend to resolve themselves through standards so that things like e-mail and web pages “just work.” That or at a minimum the technology we use evolves and hides it all from us via various forms of automatic conversion. In a world where so many technologies seem to get along – why shouldn’t clouds? The answer isn’t so simple and, as is often the case, history has a way of repeating itself.

Just as email initially emerged inside of private datacenters, so has cloud infrastructure. It was initially based on virtualization technology and, depending on what kind of IT shop was involved, you most likely ended up on VMware if you were trying to make your core datacenter more efficient by virtualizing legacy servers; Xen if you had a significant Linux or Java developer presence where the need to rapidly provision test and develop machines was important; and maybe even Citrix if you were using Metaframe for serving up applications to remote users or thin clients. For some companies, cloud adoption started outside the corporate datacenter inside of the VMware vCloud or Amazon Web Services (AWS).”

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13
Oct

Hosting Guru Comments: Public cloud security remains MISSION IMPOSSIBLE….. for now

Cloud Security

Cloud Security

From Christine Burns, Network World

Someday, cloud security vendors and cloud services providers will convince enterprise IT that it’s safe to move sensitive data and mission critical apps from the private cloud to the public cloud.

Unfortunately, that day has not yet arrived.

Security practitioners, consultants and analysts interviewed for this story say cloud security vendors and cloud services providers have a long way to go before enterprise customers will be able to find a comfort zone in the public cloud, or even in a public/private hybrid deployment.

My Take> Until we have more standards around Cloud Security Models, Interoperability Standards and Data Classification Standards this will remain an issue for the adolecent cloud industry.  As an industry we’ve only just got our “P’s”, and we can’t wait to explore the super information highway, but we still need to learn how the road-rules apply in the real world! 

What I find most interesting, is that this is yet another article quoting that service providers are doing security better than a lot of in-house IT teams.
So while security in the cloud is not YET perfect, it’s not as bad as sometimes depicted!  Cloud Computing providers that already operate facilities and services under the ISO27001, PCI-DSS and ASIO T4 standards already have a pretty good start.  I would argue that providers operating under these security standards, of which there only a handful, would provide better security standards than more than 90% of the Enterprise and Corporates businesses out there.  Perhaps Cloud Standards built around these security models and data classifications would be a good start!!   Your thoughts??

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11
Oct

NTT Communications and CME Group Collaborate on Ultra-Low Latency Gateway for Transpacific Financial Trading

Joint Efforts Combine NTT Communications’ Arcstar Managed Network Solution and CME Group’s Co-Location Facility to Create Ultra-low Latency Gateway to Asia

NEW YORK & CHICAGO, Oct 10, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) — NTT America, a wholly owned U.S. subsidiary of NTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com), and CME Group, the world’s leading and most diverse derivatives marketplace, today announced NTT Com will provide its ultra-low latency Arcstar solution for CME Group’s western Chicago suburb co-location data center which will allow CME Co-Location Services customers premier access to the Asian markets.

While a variety of factors including throughput, bandwidth and availability impact financial markets, ultra-low latency access is vital for the near instantaneous response rates necessary for applications such as high frequency trading (HFT). Network services providers must deliver predictable, consistent and high performance network access and collaborate with trading platforms that offer co-located data centers to improve market participants’ ability to execute and alter trading strategies in real-time. NTT Com’s solution will provide CME Co-Location Services customers an ultra-low latency gateway for transpacific financial trading that will meet the demands of HFT.

Both companies will be exhibiting at the 27th Annual Futures & Options Expo (FIA), October 10-12, 2011 in Chicago. FIA is the largest futures industry event in the world with more than 5,000 attendees from more than 30 countries. NTT Com’s booth number is #227.

NTT Com’s Arcstar Key Highlights

– An integrated offering leveraging NTT Communications’ global data centers and ultra-low latency networks to support high frequency trading and other low-latency applications platforms for financial institutions

– Layer 1 (STM/Ethernet) end-to-end high performance private network connection between New York, Chicago, London, Hong Kong, Singapore and Tokyo

– Fastest route between USA and Japan over NTT-owned PC-1 international undersea cable

CME Co-Location Services Key Highlights

– Comprised of hosting, connectivity and support services, will officially launch for trading on Sunday, January 29, 2012

– New data center facility provides low latency connection to the CME Globex Electronic Trading Platform

– A purpose-built, high density data center optimized for electronic trading

– Equidistant cross connects ensure location neutrality for all customers

– Carrier-neutral, open access telecommunications policy provides for flexibility

Executive Quotes

“Our commitment to our customers is to allow them to be as competitive as possible while managing risk and incorporating high performance while providing them with reliable network access,” said Kevin Kometer, Chief Information Officer, CME Group. “We are pleased that NTT Communications has selected the CME Group co-location facility to build the low latency gateway to Asia. NTT Communications’ Arcstar solution, together with CME Co-Location Services and CME Globex electronic trading platform gives our customers an added advantage in the marketplace.”

“We are pleased to be working with CME Group and leveraging our global networking expertise and assets with our Arcstar managed network service,” said Michael C. DeVito, vice president of Enterprise Solutions, NTT America. “As a leader in their industry, we are confident that NTT Communications’ solution will meet the demanding needs of CME Group and their customers with proven technology and performance guarantees.”

source: NTT Communications.

About CME Group

As the world’s leading and most diverse derivatives marketplace, CME Group ( http://www.cmegroup.com ) is where the world comes to manage risk. CME Group exchanges offer the widest range of global benchmark products across all major asset classes, including futures and options based on interest rates, equity indexes, foreign exchange, energy, agricultural commodities, metals, weather and real estate. CME Group brings buyers and sellers together through its CME Globex electronic trading platform and its trading facilities in New York and Chicago. CME Group also operates CME Clearing, one of the world’s leading central counterparty clearing providers, which offers clearing and settlement services for exchange-traded contracts, as well as for over-the-counter derivatives transactions through CME ClearPort. These products and services ensure that businesses everywhere can substantially mitigate counterparty credit risk in both listed and over-the-counter derivatives markets.

About NTT America

NTT America is North America’s natural gateway to the Asia-Pacific region, with strong capabilities in the U.S. market. NTT America is the U.S. subsidiary of NTT Communications Corporation, the global data and IP services arm of a Fortune Global 500 telecom leader: Nippon Telegraph & Telephone Corporation (NTT). NTT America provides world-class Enterprise Hosting, managed network, and IP networking services for enterprise customers and service providers worldwide. For additional information on NTT America, visit us on the Web at http://www.us.ntt.com .

About NTT Communications Corporation

NTT Communications provides a broad range of global networks, management solutions and IT services to customers worldwide. The company is renowned for reliable, high-quality security, hosting, voice, data and IP services, as well as expertise in managed networks and leadership in IPv6 transit technology. NTT Communications’ extensive infrastructure includes Arcstar Global IP-VPN and Global e-VLAN, as well as a Tier 1 IP backbone reaching more than 150 countries in partnership with major Internet service providers, and secure data centers in Asia, North America and Europe. NTT Communications is the wholly-owned subsidiary of Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation, one of the world’s largest telecoms with listings on the Tokyo, London and New York stock exchanges. Please visit http://www.ntt.com/index-e.html .

CME Group is a trademark of CME Group Inc. The Globe Logo, CME, Globex and Chicago Mercantile Exchange are trademarks of Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. CBOT and the Chicago Board of Trade are trademarks of the Board of Trade of the City of Chicago, Inc. NYMEX, New York Mercantile Exchange and ClearPort are registered trademarks of New York Mercantile Exchange, Inc. COMEX is a trademark of Commodity Exchange, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Further information about CME Group and its products can be found at http://www.cmegroup.com .

NTT, NTT Communications, and the NTT Communications logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of NIPPON TELEGRAPH AND TELEPHONE CORPORATION and/or its affiliates. All other referenced product names are trademarks of their respective owners. (C) 2011 NTT Communications

10
Oct

Hosting Guru Comments: iTnews to storm the stage at vForum

By Brett Winterford @ itnews.com.au

“I would like to invite our valued readers to the launch of iTnews’ latest investigation into cloud computing, titled Which Clouds Play Nice, on 19 October 2011.

The report, prepared by our editorial team and developer Sam Gentle, evaluates the world’s largest software-as-a-service providers on their API coverage, adherence to open standards, native integration with other enterprise tools and ease of migration.”

My Take>  A great opportunity to get some insight and real world perspective on Cloud Integration from a developer and the leading tech journo’s and researchers from iTnews.  I’ll be sticking my head into this one!

Read More @ itnews.com.au

6
Oct

About NTT Australia – Your ICT Gateway to Asia and the world!

By Hosting Guru

This is a bit of a shameless plug I know,  but since NTT made the significant investments in Dimension Data, Frontline Systems and Harbour MSP in Australia, not a lot has been said about what we are doing with all these amazing companies.  I hope to give you a little insight below into how we are going to market as a fully integrated ICT provider.

In the near future I will be sharing information on the launch of our exiciting Cloud 2.0 platform in Australia.  We will be one of the first regions globally to go to this new advanced cloud computing platform.  Stay tuned!

About NTT Australia

NTT is a Tier 1 Global Carrier and ICT Solutions provider, ranked #31 in the US Fortune 500 with Global Revenues of US$105 Billion.
Providing ICT services around the globe in 159 countries, we are your ICT gateway to Asia and the world.

NTT Australia is your local partner for global ICT Solutions with particular strength in Asia.  We provide high quality managed security, enterprise hosting, voice, data and IP services with leadership in IPv6 to businesses in more than 150 countries.  NTT Australia has two Data Centres in Australia and Global Network POPS in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Auckland.

NTT, the Japanese global ICT provider continues to make significant investments to support businesses in Australia & Asia Pacific.  In 2010 NTT purchased Dimension Data and in May 2011 NTT announced the acquisition of Frontline Systems and Harbour MSP in Australia.  NTT now has revenues exceeding $1 Billion in Australia.

 
NTT operates the following solution portfolio in Australia & Internationally:

Managed Services

NTT’s management expertise enables customers to achieve greater efficiency through reliable, high-quality global & local communication.

  • Enterprise IT Hosting
  • Managed Web Hosting
  • Cloud Computing (Private, Hybrid, Public)
  • Infrastructure Management
  • Application Management
  • Security Management
  • Edge Caching

Network Services

NTT is one of the world’s few true Tier 1 IP Carriers with total diversity across the entire network all the way to the customer’s dedicated environment.

  • International MPLS IP Private Network covering 159 countries
  • Global IP Transit
  • IPv6/IPv4
  • VoIP

Infrastructure Services

Infrastructure Services at NTT help to stabilise and optimise current operations helping companies reap real value in every step.

  • IT Service Desk
  • Business IT Process Implementation and Consulting Services
  • Infrastructure Solutions
    • Cloud Computing (Private, Hybrid, Public)
    • Onsite or Co-location
  • Video, Web & Audio Conferencing enablement and service provision

Application Services

NTT, with its expertise and experience helps clients develop and support applications, thus helping businesses maximise their return on investment.

  • Application Development Services
  • Application Management Services
  • Business Intelligence
  • Products and Solutions
  • Transformation and Modernisation Services
  • Professional Services

Business Process Outsourcing

BPO Services at NTT help you increase your company’s flexibility. We help you focus on your core competencies, without being burdened by the demands of bureaucratic restraints.

  • Product / Warranty Support
  • Customer Care
  • Professional Services

Smart Media Delivery & Conferencing

Superfast high quality distribution of digital information to audiences across the globe.

  • Global Smart Content Delivery
  • Web Acceleration
  • Media Streaming Services
  • Live & on demand Web TV enablement
  • 3D and HDTV broadcast contribution & distribution enablement

NTT Com companies operating in Australia are:

NTT Communications Australia
Local ICT services provider, backed by an extensive global organisation.  Your gateway to Asia and the globe, for ICT services around the world in 159 countries. 
http://www.au.ntt.com/en/

Frontline Systems 
The largest HP Technology partner in Australia providing Infrastructure and IT services.
http://www.frontline.com.au/              

Harbour MSP
Data Centre and Managed Services Provider. 
http://www.harbourmsp.com.au/ 

Emerio Solutions
Application Services, Infrastructure Services and Business Process Outsourcing.
http://www.emeriocorp.com/

NTT Group Companies operating in Australia are:

Dimension Data
Dimension Data applies its expertise in networking, converged communications, security, data centre solutions, Microsoft and contact centre technologies 
http://www.dimensiondata.com/

Extend Technologies
Leading provider of SAP solutions and services for medium and large organisations in the public and private sectors.
http://www.extendtechnologies.com.au/

NTT Electronics
Manufacturer of leading Broadband, Photonics and Digital Video technologies.
http://www.ntt-electronics.com/en/

For further information on any of the NTT Group companies services please don’t hesistate to contact me.

5
Oct

Hosting Guru Comments: Cloud computing disappoints early adopters: survey

From  Reuters LONDON | Tue Oct 4, 2011 10:55am EDT  (Reporting by Georgina Prodhan; Editing by Helen Massy-Beresford)

(Reuters) – Few organizations have moved to cloud computing — the delivery of computing as a service from remote centers — and of those that have, many are disappointed with the results, a survey published on Tuesday found.

Fewer than one in five organizations questioned have outsourced the hosting of their applications to cloud computing providers, with two-thirds in early discussions, in trials or not considering a move, said computer security firm Symantec.

Many firms are looking at cloud computing providers such as Amazon, Microsoft, Salesforce, Google or Rackspace to help them increase their scale without installing expensive hardware and software locally.

My Take> I’m not surprised by the results of the survey.  Security and Data Sovereignty are certainly two of the biggest issues with first generation cloud services.  This short Reuters article also touches on other areas of concern I have mentioned in a previous blog about business continuance and disaster recovery.  

Adaptation to cloud services still has many challenges and a major re-education of both Enterprise and Corporate Cloud users is still needed.  Just because your applications are in the cloud it doesn’t suddenly make them Omni-present.

I’ve seen smaller businesses, corporates, and even some enterprise businesses move to cloud applications including Microsoft Office 365, Microsoft Azure, Gmail, Amazon and SalesForce.com.  All services by reputable brands, yet nearly all of the businesses moving to these Cloud services have overestimated the resilience and security of both their own infrastructure and the Cloud provider’s services.

I believe it’s unwise for business to put front office or back office applications in the cloud without looking at the bigger picture.  The whole strategy of IT needs to be considered and how to approach corporate security, business continuance, disaster recovery, cloud integration and life cycle management,  these among many other factors.

One of the biggest underlying challenges of all these issues is that very few of the cloud services providers are themselves in a position to consult or educate businesses on the full range of considerations for moving to the cloud.  Most cloud service providers are only interested in turning businesses into zombie consumers of cloud without regard to the abovementioned.

We are still only at the dawn of the cloud evolution, and as we educate the market how to plan for and move to cloud in 2012, we will see the real evolution and uptake in Cloud 2.0. ;)

Your thoughts?

Read More @ Reuters.com

4
Oct

Hosting Guru Comments: Google’s Trusted Stores Seeking to Regulate E-Commerce?

Google Trusted Stores

Google Trusted Stores

From  4th October @ Powerretail.com.au

Google’s newly launched Trusted Stores provides an added layer of trust for consumers and promotes e-commerce.  But is this a double-edged sword for retailers?

Google is leveraging its trust with consumers and cleverly inserting itself into the e-commerce process through its newly launched Trusted Stores pilot program.

The program aims to help shoppers feel confident in their purchases across the web.

My Take> Google going for another data grab.  I’m not sure we need, want, or will even trust google to safely collect user purchasing data.  Another nice data set for the e-tailers marketeers to crunch no doubt, but I’d rather get a standard around the banking merchants to endorse the “Trusted Stores” than Google.  I guess there’s almost no stopping the Google Juggernaught now, though one slip up from Google in the privacy banking space could do them a lot of harm.  Just look at the backlash against Facebook in the last week about their cloak and dagger spying through cookies.  Just how much privacy, purchasing and websurfing behaviours are we prepared to give up to these giants of the web???

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30
Sep

Another New Zealand Earthquake – Magnitude 5.8 September 30 2011 at 11:42 pm (NZDT)

Another New Zealand Earthquake – Magnitude 5.8 September 30 2011 at 11:42 pm (NZDT), 110 km north-east of White Island.

These quakes still seem to be building this week, so far no reported damage in NZ.  Korumburra in Victoria  had a 4.4 earlier in July this year so Australia is not immune either.

Ominous timing for my previous blog post on Crisis Management, BCP and DR!

30
Sep

Hosting Guru Comments: Crisis Management, BCP & DR

Are You Prepared for a Crisis?

Are You Prepared for a Crisis?

By Hosting Guru

You don’t need to be Einstein to work out we are in an era of increased natural disasters, large scale and controversial security breaches, and even bigger system outages and disruptions caused by our increased reliance on cloud applications, social media and outsourced services.  A few well known names and events come to mind, some very close to home, and this is without even considering the aspects of terrorism or social engineering security issues.

Japan Earth Quake / Nuclear Meltdown
New Zealand Earth Quakes
Queensland Floods
Sony
Amazon
Microsoft
Facebook
BP

I’ve personally been victim and witness to all three scenarios myself in the last year, and with all the hype around cloud as the new promise land, it got me thinking about the many years I spent consulting with global financial institutions about BCP and DR.

How do you do BCP or DR when your services are in the Cloud?
Do you have a Crisis Management Plan?

Most Enterprise businesses spend millions on business continuity and disaster recovery planning, but the preparedness of the corporate market is very patchy and most small businesses just shrug their shoulders when you ask them about DR.

The bottom line is you need to at least have a Crisis Management Plan and basic Business Continuance Plan with a few “what if” scenarios to be properly prepared for the worst.  This will help protect your brand whether your a supplier or consumer of cloud services.

Im not an expert in Crisis Management, but I found this Crisis Management article from Eric Mower & Associates a good example of where many of those from the incidents above, failed dismally, especially in the public relations department.

If anyone would like my advice on BCP or DR matters, I spent several years consulting to many of the worlds top financial institutions and I would be happy to share my knowledge and experience and how I see BCP and DR in Cloud Computing.  So drop me a line!

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