Cloudy with a chance of naked celebs – keep it private!

The cloud is something of a hot topic at the moment, given the recent leaking of certain celebrity material online – and it’s raised some interesting questions around cloud technologies. Do users have control over it? How can security concerns be addressed? Will users ever stop using “Password123” as their password?

Cloud computing has transformed the way business organisations use IT. In spite of the economic benefits offered by public cloud services, organisations are reluctant to move their infrastructure outside their premises. However, they also want to apply the lessons learned from public clouds to optimise the resource usage in their infrastructure. Enter private cloud! Private clouds offer an easy solution to help businesses take advantage of some of the benefits of cloud computing, without having to compromise on security and control.



So what is private cloud?

Simply put, private clouds are cloud infrastructure based on dedicated hardware under the control of the organisation, offering services on demand through a self-service portal. Private clouds provide elasticity that was previously unavailable in the traditional computing models, including rapid computer resource provisioning with services billed back to individual business units.


There have been a number of surveys conducted around cloud technologies, and the concerns and barriers to wider adoption all seem to align around:

• Performance and reliability of cloud services

• Complexity to deploy

• Compliance and security

• Lack of transparency about data centre facilities, hardware, and disaster recovery by public cloud providers


Private cloud solutions can address many of these concerns, and can potentially be rolled out as part of the hybrid cloud model for business. Keep tight control over your private cloud and then potentially leverage public cloud for additional needs.

To address the concerns above, Boston has worked with a number of leading technology partners to bring private cloud solutions to market. In partnership with hardware vendors such as Mellanox, Supermicro and working with software technologies like Openstack and VMware, private cloud deployment is no longer the daunting task it once was.

Performance is critical for cloud adoption. Users need predictable and repeatable high levels of performance running their applications in the cloud. To guarantee this performance, Boston has teamed up with Mellanox to support its CloudX™ reference architecture. CloudX incorporates virtualisation with the fastest bandwidth and lowest latency interconnect solutions. Built around
the fastest interconnect technology of 40/56Gb/s InfiniBand and Ethernet, CloudX provides the fastest data transfer and most effective use of compute, storage and Flash SSD components.

In addition, Boston is also rolling out solutions powered by VMware EVO:RAIL, fully integrated and validated on Supermicro hardware. EVO:RAIL is a complete, hyper-converged infrastructure appliance. It combines compute, networking and storage resources into a single 2U, four-node form factor to create a simple, easy-to-deploy building block for the software-defined data centre and private cloud.

This dramatically reduces the need for in-house resources through its easy-to-manage install and operation dashboard. Our customers can deploy and set up an entire private cloud in a few simple clicks and scale up capacity (Both in terms of compute, storage and networking) with a simple, scalable building block.

David Power is head of HPC at Boston Limited
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