CloudSwitch delivers the enterprise gateway to the cloud. CloudSwitch's innovative software appliance enables enterprises to run their applications in the right cloud computing environment - securely, simply and without change. With CloudSwitch, applications remain tightly integrated with enterprise data center tools and policies, and can be moved easily between different cloud environments and back into the data center based on the requirements of the business.
CloudSwitch protects enterprises from the complexity, risks and potential lock-in of cloud computing, freeing them to leverage the cloud's advantages in cost and business agility. Backed by Matrix Partners, Atlas Ventures and Commonwealth Capital Ventures, CloudSwitch is based in Burlington, MA and is led by seasoned entrepreneurs from BMC, EMC, Netezza, RSA, SolidWorks and Sun Microsystems.
Concerns about security and loss of control in public clouds have led to an alternative model—the internal cloud—that replicates the cloud environment inside the corporate firewall.
With servers, applications and data within the enterprise walls, internal clouds can provide many of the benefits of cloud computing without the potential risks when the computing environment is provided by a third party. Unfortunately, the economics of internal clouds makes them inherently less efficient than the public cloud, especially as new technology makes the public cloud safer and more reliable.
Security issues associated with third-party cloud environments continue to prevent organizations from taking advantage of the cost savings and flexibility that the cloud can offer. Today, using a public cloud means moving from an internal environment where a company has complete control of data and processes to an environment where that control belongs to someone else, and is often opaque. Within the cloud, applications run in a multi-tenant environment sharing virtual machines with other customers. Companies considering moving an application to a cloud have legitimate concerns about data being compromised or stolen, including unauthorized access by cloud administrators, exposure in the Internet or rogue employees using the cloud to corrupt or leak sensitive information.
Cloud on-boarding with CloudSwitch.
For enterprise IT organizations who are looking to securely utilize public clouds and existing data center infrastructure, the decision to use a cloud for the delivery of IT services is best done by starting with the knowledge and experience gained from previous work.
This reference architecture outlines how to extend the data center into the cloud using CloudSwitch software with Intel Xeon processor 5600 series servers. This paper, which includes detailed scripts and screen shots, should significantly reduce the learning curve for building and operating your first cloud computing infrastructure.
Cloud Security remains a top concern for enterprise cloud deployments. Unresolved policy and control issues make it difficult to meet the requirements of corporate security and networking teams. As a result, we frequently hear from our customers that they assume they can only put the lowest-risk data and applications into the cloud – or that their cloud projects are on hold till the security issues get resolved. This is a major limitation for cloud adoption, often creating a false belief that the cloud only works for apps “that don’t matter,” or for companies who are willing to take risks.
We are pleased to announce our support for Riverbed's Cloud Steelhead to help customers optimize their Hybrid cloud deployments. Many of our existing customers have already invested in Riverbed infrastructure in their data centers, and want to extend these trusted resources to the cloud.
A Practical How-To Guide for Enterprises
How will you know if the cloud will work for you? You've been thinking about cloud computing, but you're not sure it's a good fit for your organization. While there's lots of hype and discussion around the cloud, the only way you can evaluate it for real is to run a pilot with enterprise applications and visibility for all your stakeholders. A well-managed pilot with clear goals and meaningful results can provide much-needed clarity. This eBook guides you through the process of running a successful cloud pilot, one that meets business requirements while addressing the concerns of networking, security, and operations management.
In this eBook, you'll learn:
Who should own the pilot and how it should be managed
Which application to put in the cloud first
What clouds should be considered
How to evaluate the pilot to determine success and more...
Most enterprises are now including the cloud in their IT computing strategies. The benefits of fast provisioning and pay-on-demand are extremely compelling, but the cloud remains a new and often confusing set of choices for most organizations.
In this starter kit, we help de-mystify moving to the cloud and provide several practical tools to put you on the right path.
What you'll get in the starter kit:
eBook: “How to Get Started in the Cloud” describes real-life examples and use cases of enterprise deployments in the cloud, including a range of application workloads and target clouds.
Webinar: “Make the Cloud Part of Your Enterprise IT Infrastructure in Four Easy Steps” illustrates how to make the cloud work for you and showcases a joint solution that enables enterprises to get started in the cloud in four easy steps.
White Paper: “Using the Cloud for Enterprise Applications - How Hard Is It Really?” puts the CloudSwitch breakthrough in perspective by examining current barriers facing IT departments that want to run current applications in a public cloud. It focuses on four key steps that are often responsible for delaying or even blocking many cloud adoption projects.
By providing an easy, reliable way to run applications in the cloud, CloudSwitch opens up new possibilities for IT organizations trying to increase agility and reduce capital costs.
This paper puts the CloudSwitch breakthrough in perspective by examining current barriers facing IT departments that want to run current applications in a public cloud. It focuses on four key steps that are often responsible for delaying or even blocking many cloud adoption projects:
Rebuilding the application stack within the cloud
Setting up the network
Adding end-to-end security
Managing the application in a separate environment
This paper illustrates how CloudSwitch software bridges the enterprise data center with cloud computing environments, extending enterprise security and control into the cloud. Using CloudSwitch, existing applications run securely in a cloud environment while remaining tightly integrated with data center tools and processes, and managed as if they were running locally. The result is a single unified environment where external resources can be provisioned quickly and applications running in the cloud can utilize common resources in the data center.
CloudSwitch launched the commercial version of their CloudSwitch Enterprise software at Structure 2010 in San Francisco. They announced that they are ready for business and making their innovative software generally available. Try their 15-day free trial now and start running your applications in the cloud environment that’s right for you. Use your existing management tools and data center policies. CloudSwitch makes it easy with their enterprise-class features:
Support for Amazon EC2 and Terramark’s VMware-based clouds (enabled through vCloud API)
Full encryption of data and communications through AES-256
Role-based access controls for setting user/group permissions and controls
Support for Windows and Linux-based applications
Industry-first CloudFit tm for best fit of virtual instances into cloud resources
Layer-2 bridge between data center and cloud environments
API for programmatic control and integration into virtualized environments
To learn more about Cloud Switch Enterprise, please visit the updated product information page. And if you’re still thinking about your cloud strategy, get started by downloading their always-free Explorer software for 1 user and up to 5 servers running in the Amazon EC2 cloud. Make the cloud part of your IT infrastructure today and see how easy and secure the cloud can be with CloudSwitch.
The Structure 2010 LaunchPad showcased 11 companies that had four minutes to present their businesses to a panel of judges from the venture capital industry. This presentation by the Founder and VP of Products, Ellen Rubin, won CloudSwitch the Launchpad award and also the audience choice award.
An Introduction to CloudSwitch
May 22 2010
The co-founder and CTO at CloudSwitch, John Considine, discusses how their Cloud Isolation Technology helps customers overcome the four primary barriers to enterprise cloud computing by allowing them to securely move their existing applications and data into the cloud.
A Webinar by Riverbed and CloudSwitch If you’re evaluating or deploying a hybrid cloud architecture, you already know that the cloud offers rapid provisioning and flexible scaling for peak periods, as well as wide geographic coverage for remote users. But to make the cloud a truly valuable part of your IT infrastructure strategy, you need the optimization of WAN performance that only Riverbed can provide.
Riverbed's Cloud Steelhead® allows you to optimize your use of cloud and .... More>>
A Live Webinar by Chris Hoff (@Beaker) and CloudSwitch Cloud security remains a top concern for enterprise cloud deployments. Corporate IT and security teams hesitate to put applications and data outside their firewalls, and worry that the cloud is still too risky for large-scale adoption.
It's time for the cloud industry to step up and meet enterprise requirements. Customers have the right to demand a safe environment for their apps and data. Cloud providers and their technology partners need to .... More>>
A live webinar with Intel and CloudSwitch If you’re ready to use public clouds but want to leverage your existing data center infrastructure and enterprise systems, you’re probably looking for an enterprise reference architecture from a trusted source.
Join experts from Intel and CloudSwitch who will walk you through the Intel® Cloud Builders Reference Architecture: Cloud On-boarding with CloudSwitch and describe how to extend your data center into the cloud simply and securely .... More>>
Verizon Communications Inc. announced that it has acquired CloudSwitch, an innovative provider of cloud software technology, in a deal that will simplify the move to the enterprise cloud and help boost industry adoption.
Verizon plans to combine CloudSwitch, a privately held company based in Burlington, Mass, with its Terremark IT services subsidiary, further accelerating the company's global cloud strategy by enhancing Verizon's hybrid cloud and cloud-to-cloud capabilities.
CloudSwitch, Inc today announced support for the Riverbed Cloud Steelhead solution, enabling joint customers to optimize their enterprise network connectivity to the cloud. The joint solution addresses customer requests for improved performance, ease of deployment, full configurability, security and control in the cloud.
By Damon Miller, Director of Technical Field Services
One of the most interesting trends in cloud computing is the emergence of “hybrid” solutions which span environments that were historically isolated from one another. A traditional data center offers finite capacity in support of business applications, but it is ultimately limited by obvious constraints (physical space, power, cooling, etc.). V ... read more >>
By John McEleney
Today we’re extremely excited to announce that we are being acquired by Verizon and joining Terremark, its IT services subsidiary. This is major news for us, and we believe for the cloud industry as well.
We’ve been working together with Terremark for almost two years and have built great relatio ... read more >>
By Dave Armlin, Director of Customer Support
New CloudSwitch customers and prospects are coming up to speed every week and there are a number of questions that show up frequently enough that I thought it would be helpful to cover them in a blog. When we work with customers, our goal is to make their experience getting started in the cloud fast and easy, and to make sure they feel comfortable with the ongoing simplicity a ... read more >>
By Ellen Rubin
Last week, I was on a panel at the CompTIA Breakaway conference in DC, with Scott Crenshaw from RedHat and Ron Culler from Secure Designs. Scott made an interesting comment about the three types of applications out there: (1) new apps that are being architected from scratch for the cloud; (2) legacy apps that ... read more >>
By Guest Blogger Erik Heels, Partner at Clock Tower Law Group, experts in patent law
Wikipedia defines "cloud computing" as "the logical computational resources (data, software) accessible via a computer network (through WAN or Internet etc.), rather than from a local computer. Managing local computers is hard: there are security issues, com ... read more >>
By Pavan Pant, Director of Product Management
As customers continue their march to the cloud we have heard from a large number who want to use SharePoint Server in the cloud. Two major concerns that show up frequently are migration of existing custom deployments and data security.
These organizations have spent years customizing their SharePoint deployments so they work just right in their environment, and moving ... read more >>
By John Considine
Last week I wrote about the Cloud.com acquisition and what it means for Citrix, Rackspace, OpenStack and the industry. Next, I’d like to dig into the VMware announcement about their cloud infrastructure suite. Citrix clearly wanted to announce their news just prior to VMware’s, and for a good reason – C ... read more >>
By John Considine
Here we are on July 12, mid-summer when you think most people are wondering about going to the beach in 90 degree weather, and instead we have big cloud news. Early this morning we were greeted with the announcement that Citrix is buying Cloud.com for more than $200M. After the initial congratulations to Sheng and the team at Cloud.com, the twitter-sphere and blogosphere went wild with thoughts an ... read more >>
By John McEleney
Gotta get-get… the Black Eyed Peas get it, heck they wrote a song about it: "That future boom boom, gotta get it now…"―we gotta get moving to the cloud!
We're officially halfway through 2011 and many senior IT professionals are probably looking at their 2011 objectives and thinking to themselves, "How am I going to get everything done?" I am sure all of the IT professionals have lo ... read more >>