Friday, November 21, 2014

Weekly news roundup for Cloud and Networking: November 17 - 21

Cloud and Networking news for the week of November 17th
CohesiveFT in the news:
  • We're a finalists in the DCD EMEA Awards for our "Building Multi-Cloud Overlay Networks with Public Clouds" entry. The winners will be announced on December 11 in London.
  • Chris Swan's talk from the London PaaS User Group (LOPUG), "Docker and the end of the distro" is now available 
Catch up with the CohesiveFT team:
  • Nov 25 Chris Swan speaking at Cloud Law in London
  • Dec 3 Patrick Kerpan on CloudSummits panel "Adding New Value to IaaS Offerings" 
  • Dec 9 Patrick Kerpan presenting at Google Developer Group Chicago on Google Cloud
  • Jan 7, 2015 - CloudCamp Chicago "guts of the cloud"

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

There are databases and then there are Databases: data migration to the cloud and how security will become even more important

by CEO Patrick Kerpan 

When we first started using AWS public cloud and other virtualized environments in 2006, we weren’t sure what kind of data and workloads our enterprise customers would migrate to the cloud. Some early industry watchers predicted the entire IT operation would move in one leap, others thought only non-critical, internal operating systems would migrate.  

We first thought that no Database would ever migrate to cloud. Yet, we realized there might be a difference in database versus Database. A Database, a stand-alone, massive collection of compute and storage, would not make sense to move first into cloud. But on the other hand, a database that only supports an application would actually make sense to be cloud-based. 

So what is the difference between a Database and a database? Specific databases can scale up and down with their applications and are easier to manage via cloud. Early customers used web apps, capacity expansion, and failover with public cloud. These cloud use cases usually involved some databases just to function, but it was never a huge Database with critical customer information, accounting data, or production.

As more and more customers are using production systems in public, private and hybrid clouds we now see Databases. Things like big data, clusters of compute resource, and cloud-only businesses are creating the need for larger, more critical data in cloud.

The only caution: security. As more mission-critical systems and operations move, cloud users must be able to attest to their own security. Usually, providers offer firewalls, edge protection, isolation, and hypervisor rules. But, who really owns those security features? Cloud providers. Service providers often write in their SLAs that the ultimate responsibility for security lies with the cloud users.  

How can cloud users guarantee their databases and Databases are secure in cloud environments?  Network security measures, including software defined networking (SDN) and overlay networks, can insulate databases or Databases from unwelcome eyes. SDN allows cloud users to separate security controls away from the hardware level.  

The difference between traditional networking and SDN is control.  The software defines the network as a whole, not each device. The software definitions allow for external access to the innards of switches and routers that formerly were closed and proprietary. With SDN controls, database / Database owners can control their own network firewall, data encryption, and crypto keys. SDN adds layers of security in on top of cloud providers’ offerings, hence overlay networking. 

--

On Dec 3, see Patrick Kerpan speak on the CloudSummits panel "Adding New Value to IaaS Offerings" in San Diego. Learn more and register here

Friday, November 14, 2014

Weekly news roundup for Cloud and Networking: November 10 - 14

Cloud and Networking news for the week of November 10th
  • From this week's AWS re:Invent conference, GigaOm wraps up "Top 5 Lessons learned at ReInvent" and for a full list of announcements at re:Invent, the AWS blog has them all.
  • Forrester's 2015 cloud predictions via ZDnet: Docker rises, storage pricing war claims lives
  • Datacenter Knowledge: A Rackspace survey says Nearly Everybody Will be Using DevOps by End of 2015
  • Gigaom: CIOs are getting out of the Data Center business >> "CIO’s and their contemporaries are generally making a move away from data centers. Specifically, moving away from managing their own, dedicated corporate data centers."


CohesiveFT in the news:
  •  Our new VNS3:ms product is featured in the SDNZone article "CohesiveFT Rolls Out New Management Tool for Virtual Environments"
  • Patrick Kerpan is quoted in the article "16 Tips for Moving Your Workloads to the Cloud" on Enterprise CIO Forum.
  • We're a finalists in the DCD EMEA Awards for our "Building Multi-Cloud Overlay Networks with Public Clouds" entry. The winners will be announced on December 11 in London.
  • Chris Swan's webinar, "Software Defined Networking - What's New?" is now available to replay on BrightTALK
    Catch up with the CohesiveFT team:
    • Nov 25 Chris Swan speaking at Cloud Law in London
    • Dec 3 Patrick Kerpan on CloudSummits panel "Adding New Value to IaaS Offerings" 
    • Jan 7, 2015 - CloudCamp Chicago "guts of the cloud"

    Monday, November 10, 2014

    Announcing VNS3:ms, the Network Management Console for Complex Networks

    Manage the cloud sprawl with VNS3:ms Network Console















    VNS3:ms is a single dashboard where you can manage and monitor all of your VNS3 networks and VPN connections.

    Before, VNS3 users and network managers alike had to individually check on security status features. Some status and security records, like keeping an updated snapshot for every single Manager, could be a tedious process. The time and effort it took prevented some from following security best practices.

    Now, VNS3:ms (think "management system" but shortened) is the one-stop shop to check up on the vital stats of your networks. From the VNS3:ms console, you can see who has access and role authorization, all the runtime statuses of VNS3 Managers, and how many VNS3 licenses your group is using. Plus, things like automatic snapshot generation and password recovery is fully in your control.  

    We're very excited to offer additional features to the usual VNS3 software-only virtual network functions. Using VNS3:ms with all of your existing VNS3 Managers lets you view and manage them with a central log for:

    • All Topologies
    • All Managers
    • Cloud VLAN Objects
    • Snapshot Management
    • Multi-Cloud Credential Management
    • Manager Password Recovery
    • User Authentication and Role Management

    Just like VNS3, the new VNS3:ms is available in most public, private, and hybrid clouds: Amazon EC2 and VPC, IBM Softlayer, Google Compute Platform, Microsoft Azure, HP Helion, Verizon Cloud, Interoute, OpenStack, Eucalyptus, VMware, KVM, Xen, and more.


    For more about VNS3:ms, check out the product page at CohesiveFT.com/products/vns3ms

    Friday, November 7, 2014

    Weekly news roundup for Cloud and Networking: November 3 - 8

    Cloud and Networking news for the week of November 3rd
    • SDN, NFV market to hit $11B in sales by 2018, according to new report from Infonetics Research
    • Business Cloud News: Google bolsters cloud platform with networking, containers, and price cuts
    • ZDnet: The newest frontier in cloud computing: Network Function Virtualization
    • MSP Mentor: Dell Announces Cloud Application Marketplace Beta
    • From @cloud_opinion on Medium: Applications in the Cloud world >> Numbers 8 - 10: 
      • 8. Worry a lot about your application security — assume Cloud provider will be of no help to you — understand “shared responsibility” model
      • 9. Separate monitoring of your application from the Cloud provider
      • 10. Do not trust your Cloud provider — carefully review all your monthly expenses — either build a tool to audit the bill or have a staff member review these charges
    CohesiveFT in the news:
    • VNS3 is now Microsoft Azure Certified, and available in the Azure Marketplace. Read the news here
    • Mentioned in the article "Containers and the Virtual Network" on Networking Planet
    Catch up with the CohesiveFT team:

    Share this Post

    Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...