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November 2011, Vol. 1 No. 4

Trends in cloud computing

Cloud one on one  Inching toward hybrid cloud Altaf Rupani, the vice president of global strategic planning and architecture at Dow Jones, is on a mission to get the best out of new cloud computing architectures for all the usual reasons: reducing time to market on new apps and avoiding the capital cost of new hardware. In this interview, Rupani discusses his company’s private cloud rollout and the challenges of working with service providers to get a hybrid cloud system up and running.  How long did it take to build your private cloud?  Altaf Rupani: About a year and half.  Why did you go this route versus tapping into readily available public cloud resources like Amazon Web Services? Rupani: We don’t use EC2 [Elastic Compute Cloud] for business-critical apps; the public cloud isn’t ready for the enterprise. There needs to be more governance controls that cater to the enterprise.  Aren’t these kinds of controls tough to build in a private cloud environment, too? Or can anybody at your company jump on your private cloud and ...

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