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The umbrella of cloud computing is a big one. Like any technology in the early stages of adoption, there are competing models, each claiming to be the optimal configuration and each, more than likely, suited to specific kinds of businesses and specific kinds of business needs. Indeed, the number of cloud permutations is nearly as diverse as the number of companies using them. Still, over time, there are consistent models that begin to emerge. Here’s a look at some of the top cloud computing models in production today: 1.    The Internal Cloud. This is, in many ways, the most common type of cloud computing. The internal cloud occurs within a single organization, allowing them to implement virtualization for in-house services. The premise is that internal infrastructure including server, networks, storage and applications will be connected and virtualized, which in tur... (more)

Oracle Fusion Applications

The release of the much-anticipated Fusion Applications from Oracle will be made available on a general basis beginning in the first quarter of 2011. Fusion Applications is designed to be a next-gen combination of Oracle’s mainstream offerings, including PeopleSoft, the E-Business Suite as well as Siebel. This has been no small feat. Oracle Fusion Applications has been five years in the making, and is a tremendous effort of engineering. They design team had to take the best features of those applications and try to implement them onto Oracle’s Fusion Middleware infrastructure. ... (more)

Measuring CIO Success in a Cloud-Based World

The shape of IT has changed dramatically in the past two decades. Not only is IT more central in importance to many companies, it’s grown significantly, as well. Today’s average IT department has a wider array of skills and specialties than ever before. Along with all of those changes, the way a CIO or IT director functions has changed, as well. Redefining success In the 1990s, success for a CIO was defined by a fairly standard set of criteria. Email had to function properly, the network had to work most of the time, and applications had to function as designed. Today, success fo... (more)

Virtualizing Mission-Critical Apps

More and more, organizations have turned to virtualization in order to increase efficiency, reduce capital expenses, and give their business units greater flexibility and scalability. Yet, in one area, we’ve been hesitant to virtualize. Mission-critical apps still, more often than not, warrant their own physical resources. Yet it is these tier one applications that have the most to gain by being virtualized. Critical apps aren’t usually virtualized first Most organizations start to implement virtualization solutions in areas that aren’t mission-critical. Around half of an organiz... (more)

Network Add-Ons for Web Traffic and Cloud Technology

There was a time – perhaps a decade ago, perhaps more – when the network was simply the network. It was routers and switches and cables and power. It was responsible for carrying data to and fro, and for acting as a hard wall gatekeeper that would prevent data from getting from one place to another. As time went on, the network added more functions. It connected the network to the Internet, it measured traffic, it acted as a firewall, blocking traffic based on any number of criteria. It dabbled in security, as well. All of that pressure has brought us to the place where it’s hard t... (more)