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  • Open source cloud management means knowing your tools

    As more businesses turn to a virtual environment, the shortcomings of particular vendors' products are becoming apparent. Open source cloud tools can be effective at overcoming those deficiencies, but only if the right tool is used in the right situation.

    This three-part guide highlights some of the top open source tools for cloud automation and orchestration, including Puppet and Chef. It also weighs the benefits and drawbacks of using open source tools for managing public cloud infrastructure, discusses the level of expertise needed to do so and what tools should be used for specific situations. Expert guidance is especially important with open source cloud management, since these tools don't come with the same levels of support and resources available from a vendor.

    Cloud computing has changed open source tools, which now emphasize cloud automation and orchestration. Puppet and Chef are discussed as cloud automation tools with different approaches, while cloud orchestration tools highlighted in this guide include Cloudify and Alien4Cloud.

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  • Cash in on cloud financials

    Cloud financials have come a long way in the last few years. In the past, the idea of moving core financials to the cloud was thwarted by security concerns and mistrust that a cloud financials provider would have control over sensitive company data. Today, many leaders realize that security may be better in the cloud, as long as a reputable vendor is chosen.

    As cloud security concerns dissipate into the ether and cloud-based finance systems mature, CFOs and other business leaders are getting clear on cloud-based financial software's potential. Indeed, cloud financials can enable cost savings, adaptability and scalability -- all must-haves in today's dynamic and ever-changing business landscape and for the finance department, whose role has transformed from transactional to analytical. So with a distinct potential return on an investment, making the decision to move the cloud might be clear, but figuring out your deployment choice may not be so obvious. Should you go with public cloud? Private? Hybrid? Do you know all the differences? And what about your migration strategy once you decide on a product and vendor?

    These are all critical questions and ones this handbook addresses. The first article takes a look at the cloud-financial software landscape. In that arena, software as a service, with its clear cost savings, leads among the options. The second article guides you on which deployment choice is best for your company. And the third article helps you map out a plan and provides a cloud migration strategy checklist.

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  • OpenStack infrastructure embraces containers, but challenges remain

    Despite a recent push to embrace container technology, OpenStack still has a number of hurdles to clear before boosting enterprise adoption. Continue Reading

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