DESPRE CLOUD, CU DOMNUL VLADIMIR ANINOIU

Personalitati ale industriei IT din Romania despre Cloud Computing

Iata o noua rubrica pe care cloud☁mania o dedica unor personalitati ale industriei locale de IT, care in ultimele doua decenii au avut o implicare majora in dezvoltarea domeniului IT in Romania. ☁Talks va gazdui o serie de mini-interviuri, bazate pe cateva intrebari simple, prin care personalitatile industriei IT isi spun parerea despre rolul inovativ al tehnologiilor Cloud, particularitatile si beneficiile oferite mediilor de business si guvernamentale, precum si principalii inhibitori ai adoptarii Clouduui in Romania.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIn aceasta prima discutie despre Cloud il avem ca invitat pe domnul Vladimir Aninoiu, actualmente President of the Management Board la compania ASSECO SEE.

Ce inseamna Cloudul pentru progresul in tehnologie?

Vladimir Aninoiu: Bazindu-se pe partajarea resurselor, cloud-ul tinde sa asigure coerenta proceselor, precum si economii datorita atingerii masei critice, intr-un mod similar cu binecunoscutele utilitati – apa, electricitate etc. Cloud-ul poate face accesibile unei game extinse de utilizatori tehnologii si aplicatii care sunt, sau au fost, prohibitive din considerente de disponibilitate sau pret. Ca la orice alta solutie IT, sunt importante abordarea strategica, arhitectura solutiei, implementarea si operarea.

Care sunt cele mai importante  beneficii oferite de Cloud mediilor de business si guvernamentale din Romania?

Vladimir Aninoiu: Beneficiile Cloud tin in special de optimizarea continua a proceselor si serviciilor de business, din ce in ce mai dinamice si mai complexe. Sunt facilitate standardizarea si automatizarea resurselor de tehnica de calcul, iar procesul de lansare de noi produse si servicii pentru clienti sau cetateni este accelerat. Totodata costurile sunt mai mici in ceea ce priveste infrastructura de business.

Care sunt principalii inhibatori in adoptia Cloudului in Romania?

Vladimir Aninoiu: Cadrul legal inca inadecvat, nu numai la noi in tara, dar si la nivel global, in special in zona financiar-bancara, temeri legate de custodia datelor despre client si a datelor personale, precum si temeri legate de securitatea in operare, in special pentru aplicatii critice de business. Cred ca alt inhibitor este si cel legat de faptul ca, in general, clientii au fost obisnuiti sa fie proprietarii sistemelor IT pe care le exploateaza. A lua decizia de a lasa totul pe mana unui tert este dificila si nu intotdeauna usor de luat. 

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CATS FROM THE CLOUD

Here is a new cloud services category: CaaS (Cats-as-a-Service)

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IQ TEST ABOUT CLOUD

Excellent quiz published by InfoWorld for the cloud computing illuminated people.

cloud questionsEveryone who think is knowing everything about IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS could verify very simple his knowledge IQ by running the Cloud Computing IQ Test. The questions are so well designed that often feel the need to mark them all.

My preferred questions are about the issue of taxes with cloud services, recent disclosure about NSA Prism project, and what is happen when a cloud services vendor goes out of business…

But let’s test your knowledge by running Cloud Computing IQ Test!

For who is interested, we can share our IQ results…

Source: InfoWorld.com

WHY SECURITY IS NOT A PROBLEM FOR AUTODESK CLOUD?

Here is a very useful document showing why Autodesk Cloud users should not have care about security issues.

In the new Autodesk 360 Security Datasheet, we can find a brief overview of Autodesk’s Cloud Security operations and how your data is protected. We can see also what protocols are followed, where client data is stored and how it is protected.

ADSK Security cloudAutodesk has a dedicated team of cloud operations and security professionals who are experts in information, application and network security, as well as product delivery and management. Members of our cloud operations team hold CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional), CISA (Certified Information Systems Auditor) or CISM (Certified Information Security Manager) certifications.

Autodesk 360 is built on industry-standard best practices for data center operations. Autodesk 360 uses 256-bit SSL encryption (industry standard) for all communication. Data centers deploy firewall products in high-availability pairs to offer protection through system redundancy.

Customers control access to their files and how long their files are stored on Autodesk 360. Previous versions are never deleted and stored in a recycle bin until a customer empties the bin to permanently delete the files. Autodesk adheres to the NIST4 guidelines for proper data destruction as part of its decommissioning procedures for Autodesk 360.

Read more in Autodesk 360 Security Datasheet – Work Securely in the cloud.

Source: Autodesk 360 Blog

 

 

GARTNER’s DEFINITIONS ABOUT CLOUD (4)

Let’s continue our “Cloud Definition” Journey to better term of cloud-computing, making a criss-cross between different definitions of cloud. It’s easy to see the term “cloud computing” is being loosely applied and defined differently in the market by users and vendors. The better understandings of cloud perspectives and properly setting of clear expectations are key factors in cloud adoption and migration results. This time I’m posting the Gartner definitions and specific perspectives about cloud.

cloud definitionsAccording Gartner high experience in the cloud research, the term “cloud computing” is being loosely applied and defined differently, and it’s creating a lot of confusion in the market. In September 2008, Gartner defines cloud computing “as a style of computing in which massively scalable IT-related capabilities are provided “as a service” using Internet technologies to multiple external customers”. Few months later, Gartner defines cloud computing “as a style of computing in which scalable and elastic IT-enabled capabilities are delivered as a service to external customers using Internet technologies”. Where is the difference? Gartner has removed “massively scalable” and replaced it with “scalable and elastic” as an indicator that the important characteristic of scale is the ability to scale up and down, not just to massive size.

However, there have been different perceptions about what is included in cloud computing. “The term cloud computing has come to mean two very different things: a broader use that focuses on ‘cloud,’ and a more-focused use on system infrastructure and virtualization,” said David Mitchell Smith, VP and Gartner Fellow. “Mixing the discussion of ‘cloud-enabling technologies’ with ‘cloud computing services’ creates confusion.”

One of the major views of cloud computing in the market is assuming the cloud image viewed from the Internet/Web/software as a service (SaaS) perspective. The focus is more on the cloud than on the computing with the bold accent on the access to services from anywhere. This cloud is a global-class phenomenon and a high-level concept that can refer to a range of services extending from system infrastructure (for example, compute services and storage services) through applications (for example, CRM) and business processes (for example, payroll services). Gartner’s definition is along these lines, with the off-premises nature of cloud services being the point of reference, and applicability to intra-enterprise use as a secondary effect.

The second popular interpretation is built on technologies basement, where virtualization and automation are the main leitmotif, and all spot lights are focused on the computing. This perspective is an extension of traditional data center approaches and can be applied to entirely internal enterprise systems with no use of external off-premises capabilities provided by a third party.

“Although these perspectives are different, there is a connection between them. Any provider of cloud computing services must have an environment that includes an infrastructure to support their delivery. Virtualization often is used to implement this underlying infrastructure to support delivery of the cloud computing services,” said David Mitchell Smith. “Cloud system infrastructure services are a subset of cloud computing, but not the entire picture.”

Gartner recommends that users clearly separate the consideration of cloud computing and cloud computing services from the use of cloud computing-related concepts and technologies for the creation of internal systems. Both perspectives (services and technologies) are valuable and should be pursued.

5 Cloud Attributes according Gartner

Gartner identified the five attributes of cloud computing. By using these attributes, it is possible to see how strongly a cloud solution (or service) adheres to the cloud computing model.

“When approaching cloud computing, providers of cloud services and potential consumers of cloud services must examine the attributes of cloud computing to determine whether their services will deliver the expected outcomes,” said Daryl Plummer, managing VP and Chief Gartner Fellow. “If a service is not scalable and elastic, then it may not be shareable enough. If it is not metered by use, then it may not allow for flexible pricing. Support for more of the attributes opens the door to a great value proposition to the consumer, and greater flexibility and potential cost reduction for the provider.

“We recognize that services may adhere to some attributes more effectively than others,” also said David Mitchell Smith. “The degree to which the service exhibits all these characteristics indicates how much it adheres to the cloud computing model. One must examine a combination of these attributes to evaluate cloud services. Focusing on one attribute in isolation is not recommended.”

The five attributes of cloud computing according Gartner are:

1.    Service-Based: Consumer concerns are abstracted from provider concerns through service interfaces that are well-defined. The interfaces hide the implementation details and enable a completely automated response by the provider of the service to the consumer of the service. The service could be considered “ready to use” or “off the shelf” because the service is designed to serve the specific needs of a set of consumers, and the technologies are tailored to that need rather than the service being tailored to how the technology works.

2.    Scalable and Elastic: The service can scale capacity up or down as the consumer demands at the speed of full automation. Elasticity is a trait of shared pools of resources. Scalability is a feature of the underlying infrastructure and software platforms. Elasticity is associated with not only scale but also an economic model that enables scaling in both directions in an automated fashion. This means that services scale on demand to add or remove resources as needed.

3.    Shared: Services share a pool of resources to build economies of scale. IT resources are used with maximum efficiency. The underlying infrastructure, software or platforms are shared among the consumers of the service (usually unknown to the consumers). This enables unused resources to serve multiple needs for multiple consumers, all working at the same time.

4.    Metered by Use: Services are tracked with usage metrics to enable multiple payment models. The service provider has a usage accounting model for measuring the use of the services, which could then be used to create different pricing plans and models. These may include pay-as-you go plans, subscriptions, fixed plans and even free plans. The implied payment plans will be based on usage, not on the cost of the equipment. These plans are based on the amount of the service used by the consumers, which may be in terms of hours, data transfers or other use-based attributes delivered.

5.    Uses Internet Technologies: The service is delivered using Internet identifiers, formats and protocols, such as URLs, HTTP, IP and representational state transfer Web-oriented architecture. Many examples of Web technology exist as the foundation for Internet-based services. Google’s Gmail, Amazon.com’s book buying, eBay’s auctions and Lolcats’ picture sharing all exhibit the use of Internet and Web technologies and protocols.

Sources: Gartner.com, 2008, 2009

Photo Source: cloudcomputing.sys-con.com

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DE LA NASA LA NSA, NE INDREPTAM CATRE O APOCALIPSA DIGITALA?

logo_it_trendsFara conotatii de SF, in ultimul articol publicat de IT Trends, intitulat “De la NASA la NSA, către apocalipsa digitală”,  trec in revista cateva dintre anticiparile tehnologice ale analistilor, care in mare parte au si devenit realitate. Chiar daca unele dintre ele nu ne ofera perspective prea promitatoare, merita sa ne concentram putin asupra lor si sa extragem ceea ce credem ca ne este util.

internetCare e viziunea analiştilor Gartner despre un viitor nu prea îndepărtat? Volumul tot mai mare şi mai mare de date ne va copleşi, senzorii de captare a informaţiilor vor fi peste tot, imprimarea 3D va schimba radical vechile procese de producţie, iar maşinăriile inteligente vor înlocui oamenii în cele mai grele sarcini şi nu numai… Directorii informatici fără flexibilitatea de a se adapta la noile tehnologii, vor deveni simpli custozi ai unor sisteme de back-end. Companiile care nu vor avea viziunea de a se adapta revoluţiei digitale riscă să intre în colaps. Avem destule exemple recente de branduri notorii precum Blackberry, Nokia sau Kodak, cu mari probleme.

Vestea bună este că noua revoluţie digitală va genera o creştere de peste 3.6% a cheltuielilor IT, estimate la peste 3.8 trilioane US$ în 2014. Vestea rea pentru actualii vendori este că peste două treimi dintre CIO intervievaţi de Gartner au declarant că până în 2017 îşi vor schimba furnizorii.

Dar, care sunt minunile cu care ne ameninţă analiştii?

Va invit sa le descoperiti singuri, cititind articolul “De la NASA la NSA, către apocalipsa digitală” din IT Trends.

Photo source: howstuffworks.com

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