Cloud Architecture (Part 3) – Service Delivery

This post is part two of a five part series of posts on what should be designed into any cloud architecture. In this post, I will be going into some detail on the service delivery layer of a cloud architecture which will include orchestration.

Part 1 can be found here and part 2 here. The entire series will be grouped under the Cloud Architecture category.

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Cloud Architecture (Part 2) – Resource Pool

This post is part two of a five part series of posts on what should be designed into any cloud architecture. In this post, I will be going into some detail on the resource pool layer of a cloud architecture.

Part 1 can be found here and the entire series will be grouped under the Cloud Architecture category.

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Data Privacy Regulations in the Middle East – United Arab Emirates

Update: Addition of some details gained from the Data Protection Laws of the World Handbook

This is part of a series of posts, each one focusing on a specific country in the Middle East and Africa, discussing the current state of laws and regulations around the cloud. Today we’ll be taking a look at the United Arab Emirates.

When trying to understand what can and cannot be done with data that is required to provide a public or private cloud service the following six “cloud governance concerns” can be considered:

  1. Can I store and process personal data and are there any requirements for me to be able to do so?
  2. Can I move personal data between different jurisdictions?
  3. Do I need to comply with any requests from individuals that own the data?
  4. Do I have to comply with requests to disclose personal data from other entities?
  5. How am I liable if data loss occurs?
  6. How long do I have to keep data?

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How Do I Realise Private Cloud Benefits?

There are many pages, posts and platitudes devoted to hyping the benefits of deploying a private cloud within your organisation. Depending on how your IT infrastructure and business processes are currently structured and what approach you will take to deploying a public cloud, transforming into a service based organisation hosted on a private cloud can require significant investment and/or wide reaching transformation.

In this post I will write about how you can reduce the pain and the cost and ultimately run a successful cloud transformation initiative.

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Do I Need a Private Cloud to Get All the Benefits of a Cloud?

In many cases, the benefits of the cloud and the benefits of refreshing the technology in an IT department’s infrastructure are combined. Tech refresh can be implemented without going the full cloud route, and tech refresh benefits can be seen as a relatively quick win. A good example of this is virtualisation – Virtualisation is a key stage to building a private cloud but VMware has been virtualising server workloads long before the cloud became a force in IT and there are very real and measurable benefits to virtualising your infrastructure.

In this post, I’m going to try to split out the tech refresh benefits which you will gain in the early stages of your cloud journey to the cloud benefits which will be achieved further down the line as I think this is critical in understanding your cloud TCO.

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Cloud 101 – Private, Public, Hybrid and Community

Cloud computing is one of the top 5 priorities of almost every CIO out there today. While the benefits of the Cloud have been documented fairly extensively, I want to take it back to basics with this series of Cloud 101 posts. I will be looking at a definition for the different types of cloud and also write about some of specific challenges that can be addressed for clients in the Middle East.

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