February 2014

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Cloud transition: how can you move from over subscription to capacity utilisation?

The journey of many businesses from a heavily over subscribed infrastructure solution to the flexible, scalable world of cloud we are in today is a very interesting one. It is still possible to draw parallels between what is now considered to be a highly inefficient approach to building IT solutions, and the practises we still see from some IT suppliers.

In the 2000s it was incredibly common to find an over subscription of hardware when looking at consumption by real workloads. On top of that there would often be a further over subscription for peak periods, especially in e-commerce. This created a double whammy of very high expenditure levels for a given amount of business. The irony was that capacity and spend are relatively interchangeable due to them being commodity infrastructure items.

In the second half of the noughties there was a shift away from the over subscription of hardware. The reason was virtualisation. This allowed businesses to combine and consolidate all of their work loads onto as little hardware as possible. Unfortunately the fact remained, it was still necessary to maintain an overhead of capacity which meant an over subscription for peak periods.

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Introducing self signed SSL certificates in just two clicks!

We’ve improved the way SSL certificate creation for vCluster works in the CatN control panel. If you’re running a development or test environment on vCluster, you can now quickly generate and assign a self signed SSL certificate to allow you test SSL functionality.

You can now create and assign a self-signed certificate on one of your vCluster domains in just two clicks. Log into the control panel at cp.c4.catn.com and access your vCluster filesystem settings panel. Take a look at the right hand sidebar and click through on the SSL item to get to the admin panel.

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Joe Gardiner comments on hybrid cloud on Tech Crunch

Is hybrid cloud the future? What form will the cloud take in business organisations?

The business critical applications with security and performance demands can be hosted on a private cloud. This environment can then be integrated with the less critical services such as web servers, which are at home on a public cloud. Combining these two cloud models leverages cost efficiencies and also builds resilience into a solution. I would highly recommend engaging with a specialist cloud provider to build an effective hybrid cloud.

Read the full article – Is hybrid cloud the future?

Forecasting clouds for 2014

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2013 has come to an end so it’s time to look to the future and asses the cloud market as a cloud hosting provider.

In 2013 we saw Amazon form a partnership with Eucalyptus in an attempt to encourage Enterprise to migrate their critical applications to the cloud provider; Rackspace handed ongoing management of OpenStack to a multi-vendor organisation; we witnessed G-Cloud continue to grow despite criticism from some market analysts; most importantly at CatN we released version 2.0 of our PHP platform as a Service (PaaS) called vCluster!

How is the cloud market going to develop in 2014?

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