Death of the Pure IaaS Cloud: Part 1

Over the last few months it has become clear that many of the largest Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) public clouds are increasingly morphing into more like Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) operators. In other words, these clouds are moving from providing pure computing resources to providing services running on top of those computing resources. That may seem like a pretty innocuous change but as I’ll …

IaaS Cloud

An IaaS Cloud with Customers in the Driving Seat

I’ve aimed to outline over the previous three security posts to show how to secure your Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) cloud computing and how we as a vendor approach the various aspects to deliver our part of that solution. In this the final part I outline how we feel IaaS should be approached. And how that has profound implications for the concerns …

Cloud Utilisation Management

Cloud Utilisation Management is Key to Performance

One of the greatest challenges in running an Infrastructure-as-a-Service cloud is how to deliver performance at a cost-effective rate. The key metric behind this is the utilisation management of hardware used in the cloud; too high and performance suffers, too low and prices inevitably rise. How can a cloud provider deliver performance and value for money in this case? An …

Security in a Public IaaS

Security in a Public IaaS Cloud Part 3: Data Storage

So far we’ve looked at securing the network and securing access to cloud infrastructure. In part 3 we look at how to ensure your data storage is robust, secure and kept private in IaaS clouds. Keeping data private and secure is a key concern of many looking to move to a public cloud. Its important to separate real dangers and …

Cloud Storage

The Future of Cloud Storage (and what is wrong with the present)

Delivering robust yet high performing storage in the cloud has been one of the greatest hardware and software challenges in the explosion of cloud computing. Poor storage performance from many leading Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) clouds is one of the most cited complaints by users. In this post I will outline the dominant approach to storage, our approach and what we expect …

Server Monitoring: The foundation of good cloud infrastructure

Moving from traditional servers to cloud servers and infrastructure provides a golden opportunity to re-think computing architecture. In order to take advantage of the flexibility and responsiveness that the cloud has to offer. Not often discussed, server monitoring has only gained in importance with the move to the cloud. In this blog post I outline how server monitoring can form …

Ubuntu cloud servers

Ubuntu 10.10 Cloud Servers with full root access and 14 day free trial announced

Zürich, Thursday 14 October 2010. CloudSigma AG, a leading European provider of cloud servers is pleased to announce the launch of a new range of pre-installed Ubuntu 10.10 servers in its cloud. CloudSigma customers can now enjoy the new features of Ubuntu’s new ‘Maverick Meerkat’ release. They are in the form of instantly deployable high performing cloud servers. Patrick Baillie, …

Security in a Public IaaS Cloud Part 2: Access to Cloud Servers

In the second part of my series of blog posts on security I will cover the issue of securing access to your cloud server. Unlike with dedicated hardware, cloud servers offer you the ability to remotely conduct infrastructure management and other actions. These very powerful tools make running your cloud infrastructure significantly more convenient than dedicated hardware. It is however …

CPanel

CPanel Reseller Cloud Hosting

Resell Cloud Hosting with a CPanel cloud server Build your web hosting platform on our cloud infrastructure. Use CPanel with our cloud servers to resell cost-effective web hosting with all the benefits of cloud computing. In addition, with our cloud servers, you can instantly scale in response to new customers. Next, you can benefit from an ideal location, competitive pricing, …

Security in a Public IaaS Cloud Part 1: Networking

Infrastructure security is arguably one of the most discussed issues surrounding the use of cloud computing in general. And it isn’t a subject I can see losing its importance or interest any time soon. As a company we often receive questions about our opinions on security. So I decided to outline some thoughts and experiences. Its a huge subject so …

Benchmarking cloud servers

Benchmarking cloud servers: A Cloud Computing Insider’s Guide

Many new customers when they start using CloudSigma want to test the performance; they are often looking to benchmark performance results between cloud servers and their own infrastructure and that makes sense. A straight price comparison by resource doesn’t tell anything like the whole story; what really matters is the end result, how much does it cost to achieve a …

One API to Rule Them All

Ever since I joined CloudSigma there has been lively discussion of creating standards for cloud computing and within the Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) sector. There does seem to be precious little discussion regarding what a standard is actually meant to achieve. Whether a standard is really desirable or whether it is the the best way to achieve those ends. I’m going to …