Cloud computing Topics

Security

Cloud security issues and the risks of cloud computing are not well understood today and are one of the biggest barriers to adoption of these services. This section helps CIOs and IT managers assess the security risks of cloud computing with the latest information on cloud security standards; how to manage data security in the cloud, data privacy in the cloud and the regulatory and compliance implications of moving to a cloud model. This topic also covers auditing cloud computing service providers and cloud computing risk management. More about Security

Costs and management

Deployed correctly, cloud computing will save you money, but there are lots of caveats to getting it right. And with on-demand, pay-as-you-go cloud services, it's critical to write rock-solid service-level agreements to ensure service levels are being met. This topic covers the reliability of cloud services, how to write SLAs to ensure cost-effective use of cloud services and how to weigh cloud providers' service levels and cloud pricing. This topic also includes information on how to build and manage a private cloud infrastructure to reduce IT costs. This topic covers pay-as-you-go services, writing service-level agreements for the cloud, SLA management, ensuring service levels in the cloud, monitoring service-level performance and the economics of cloud computing. More about Costs and management

Development

Discover how cloud computing development platforms let you fire up and test the upper limits of an application in minutes and shut it down just as fast. This section covers all the latest information on developing apps in the cloud, test and development in the cloud, technical advice on writing code in the cloud, cloud APIs and platform as a service. This topic covers Microsoft Windows Azure, workflow for development in the cloud, AWS, EC2, Google App Engine, application performance testing in the cloud, Hadoop, open source cloud and Eucalyptus. More about Development

Applications

Cloud applications allow companies to eliminate the need to install, run and maintain an application in house by outsourcing it to an application provider in the cloud. The most well known of these providers today is Salesforce.com which sells CRM software as a service. Read news and technical advice on application compatibility in the cloud and the pros and cons of using cloud-based applications. This topic covers enterprise applications, productivity applications, custom applications, collaboration, Gmail, SlideRocket.com and Google Apps. More about Applications

Private cloud

Enterprises unwilling to trust their mission-critical applications or data in the public cloud look to private cloud computing as a way to introduce automation, self-service portals and further efficiencies to the company than virtualization alone can offer. This topic covers essentials enterprise IT need to build a private cloud architecture, including the latest news and tips on private cloud providers such as VMware, Citrix, HP, IBM, Dell and others. More about Private cloud

Public cloud

Using a cloud computing service can mean greater server and compute capacity when you need it and without the costs and management headaches of owning all the hardware. Public cloud computing services, in particular, offer easy and inexpensive set-up, a pay-per-usage model and the scalability needed to meet specific needs. Get news and the latest research on the advantages of using a public cloud computing architecture, on-demand storage and managed infrastructures. This topic covers Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), IBM, Rackspace, Google, Verizon/Terremark, Savvis, Windows Azure and others. More about Public cloud