Friday, January 30, 2015

Cloud governance still underappreciated by many enterprises

It's no secret that cloud computing has become a key component of countless businesses' IT strategies. Deploying cloud services is a necessity, as only by leveraging these resources can a company hope to achieve the level of efficiency, effectiveness and flexibility necessary to become and remain competitive in their industries. This means that cloud security, always important, has become absolutely critical ... Read More »

Cloud governance lacking in state governments

Cloud governance lacking in state governments

Government bodies often develop a reputation for being slow to embrace new technology. This notion isn't entirely unjustified – governments are naturally reluctant to take on risk, and their bureaucratic nature poses an obstacle to broad adoption. Consequently, state governments were not among the first organizations to embrace cloud services. But they're rapidly working to make up for lost time. Across ... Read More »

Automating Private Cloud Infrastructure with Puppet Enterprise and Razor

1. The Challenge We received a call from a customer who had a very specific need: The company wanted 88 dedicated hypervisors deployed in our Iceland-based cloud footprint. Furthermore, the client wanted a very specific hardware spec provisioned, which required a custom order to the manufacturer. This was all fine, but because it would take six weeks to physically build and ... Read More »

Automating PCI Compliance on AWS using Puppet

The Challenge A customer who brought in a large pre-existing AWS environment had an upcoming PCI audit and requested that our Security team advise and assist in preparing for the audit. Because the Datapipe Security team had been active participants in developing our PCI compliance Puppet modules, they knew immediately we could deploy them and quickly prepare the instances for the audit. (More work ... Read More »

Cloud optimization: 3 Ways to improve the efficiency of your cloud usage

With cloud computing firmly established as a basic business tool in virtually every sector, a growing number of company leaders are turning their attention to the issue of cloud optimization. Cloud optimization is fast moving from a luxury to a necessity as cloud services come to form an increasingly large component of organizations' overall IT infrastructures. It's no longer enough ... Read More »

Successful cloud governance depends on nuanced understanding

Ever since cloud computing first began to gain traction as a mainstream IT resource, cloud security has been a popular topic of discussion. For quite a while, business leaders were wary of adopting cloud services specifically because they were perceived to be less secure than legacy alternatives. As time has passed, most IT decision-makers have come to realize that, with ... Read More »

Datapipe Acquires GoGrid – A Roundup of Reactions

On January 20th, 2015, Datapipe announced the acquisition of GoGrid, a respected provider in managed cloud and dedicated servers, and a leader in cloud orchestration and big data solutions. Tech media and influencers responded quickly with analysis and reactions to the acquisition, and its implications for the industry. Below is a collection of articles and quotes that caught our eye: “…Managed ... Read More »

Multi-clouds offer greater potential value

Until fairly recently, the biggest argument running through the world of cloud computing was the question of private versus public. Private clouds offered a greater degree of security and control, but public cloud services have the potential to minimize costs. The right choice often depended on each organization's unique goals and requirements. Now, though, this issue has largely been settled. ... Read More »