Building Enterprise Clouds And Enabling DevOps For Innovative Business

December 12, 2014 8:50 am Published by - Leave your thoughts

If your company is looking to deploy services at high velocity and scale with cloud-native, web applications, Nebulaworks is right partner to assist you with enterprise cloud deployments. Chris Ciborowski, Co-founder and Managing Partner of Corona Del Mar, CA based Nebulaworks shares, more details in the interview below:

Nebulaworks – Building Enterprise Clouds And Enabling DevOps For Innovative Business, an Interview with Chris Ciborowski

If your company is looking to deploy services at high velocity and scale with cloud-native, web applications, Nebulaworks is right partner to assist you with enterprise cloud deployments. Chris Ciborowski, Co-founder and Managing Partner of Corona Del Mar, CA based Nebulaworks shares, more details in the interview below:

Q: Chris, tell us something more about Nebulaworks and your services?

A: Nebulaworks’ focus is solely on assisting organizations with cloud deployments. Identifying and taking advantage of the promises made by the cloud begins with a deep understanding of cloud technologies and methodologies and how to align these to business requirements. Our services, technology expertise, and partner tools all revolve around supporting this single concept – which in many cases requires a logical, phased approach to adoption.

Q: How does Nebulaworks differ from other cloud solution integrator companies?

A: That is a good question, one we receive often. The answer is two-fold: The technologies we recommend and support are used in large-scale enterprise cloud deployments today, both commercial offerings backed by open source upstream projects or the open source bits themselves. These are cutting edge tools, used to deliver extreme scalability, agility, performance, and innovation. Secondly, our team is made up of consultants and engineers with many years of experience in the architecture and delivery of enterprise, high-performance UNIX and LINUX environments, application development, and technology operations. The approach to IaaS and PaaS, both on premise and off requires an understanding of these concepts and methodologies and how they can be integrated together to complete a solution greater than the sum of their parts.

Q: Your clouds extend beyond infrastructure as a service and enable innovative use cases, tell us something more?

A: This is a key value of working with Nebulaworks. A little background: Our initial thought was that enterprise uptake of IaaS – specifically OpenStack – was well on its way to seeing mainstream adoption. What we found was that while most companies had heard of IaaS, adopting the “field of dreams” approach (if you build it they will come) was not enough. Most applications, development and operations teams are just not aligned properly to take advantage of IaaS. By extending the reach and functionality of IaaS clouds with Platform as a Service and container-based application deployments, integrated with continuous delivery and deployment tools we are able to help the enterprise innovate and capture a competitive advantage. Solving for real-world business challenges with our use cases; such as the delivery of scalable mobile and web applications at high velocity with continuous delivery pipelines, easily allows organizations to map needs to technology. With this mapping in hand we shed light on why and how to deploy working clouds.

Q: What is the QuickStack Cloud Cell?

A: The QuickStack Cloud Cell is reference architecture for OpenStack deployments. We feel that an IaaS should be something that is easily operationalized…without needing to spend months determining what hardware and OpenStack configuration is required for turning up a private cloud. We have evaluated a number of hardware and OpenStack vendors and have developed an easy way to deploy OpenStack. Our Cells can be quickly turned up, either on premise or off, to begin testing existing applications, extend native support to PaaS and containerized services delivery, or repatriate IaaS services from public cloud computing providers. With a few questions, we can make recommendations on the easiest approach to get started.

Q: What are your plans for 2015?

A: Sustainable growth. We do not want to grow too large, too rapidly. This also will help maintain our culture. Both myself and my business partner, Gerry Fleming, want to keep the feel we have today where everyone is a contributor and working to enable “the new enterprise IT.” We also plan for continued sponsorship of technology meetups and events in Orange County and San Diego, helping to educate folks on new technology. Oh, and cannot forget about having fun too. Depending on the team member it could be anything from photography to golf, snowboarding, or pretending to be a race driver :)

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5 (more) big challenges facing CIOs and IT leaders in 2015

November 25, 2014 9:41 pm Published by - Leave your thoughts

Nebulaworks’ Chris Ciborowski addresses challenges facing CIOs in 2015:

Challenge #7: Address the cloud decision

With all of the press surrounding cloud computing, you’d think that it’s taking over the business world. You’d think that businesses are rushing to move everything to the cloud.

Not so fast.

In reality, we’re seeing a mix of in-house apps and cloud apps. Businesses are moving some apps and services to the cloud, but keeping others in-house.

This trend will only grow. We’ll see more businesses balancing the public cloud with the private cloud. The challenges and questions facing CIOs: What should they move? Do they build out their own private cloud, or buy an on-premise infrastructure?

“2015 is the year where IT executives are going to be forced in making a choice regarding private cloud computing,” says Chris Ciborowski, Founder and Managing Partner of Nebulaworks. “Today, many organizations have dipped their toes into the cloud, primarily solving single issues by employing Software as a Service (SaaS). Low hanging fruit, for example desktop backup and archive, document management and e-signing, are easily implemented. However, to fully adapt to the needs of the business – primarily mobile services and flexible, scalable web applications with data centricity challenges – organizations will look to build on-premise clouds. In doing so, IT leadership is faced with a significant challenge: To buy a product, such as a commercial distribution of OpenStack and therefore potentially compromise flexibility with architectural decisions which have been made to address the market a vendor is targeting. The other option, is to architect and build their own clouds by employing open source software, opting for non-commercial support. The latter, providing increased flexibility and agility. Either way, the private cloud is forthcoming…the question for 2015 is buy or build.”


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The #1 Information Security Issue Most Companies Face With Cloud Computing & Storage

November 12, 2014 8:39 am Published by - 2 Comments

As cloud security risks grow, Digital Guardian compiled tips from data security experts on the most common (and avoidable) issues companies face when it comes to the cloud and securing their data. To do this, they asked 27 cloud computing and data security experts to answer this question:

”What is the number one issue most companies face with cloud computing and data security, and what can they do to address the issue?” Nebulaworks Co-founder Chris Ciborowski provides his expert opinion: 27 Data Security Experts Reveal The #1 Information Security Issue Most Companies Face With Cloud Computing & Storage:

In my experience the number one issue many companies face with cloud computing is…

Understanding what “the cloud” is and how cloud computing should be utilized given unique business requirements. Until an organization understands what a cloud encompasses, in its entirety, determining the best approach is an effort in futility.

Consider the fact that today there is no standard definition of Cloud. At the most basic level we can reference two methodologies: Delivery methodologies – public, private, hybrid deployments, and Service methodologies – infrastructure, platform, or software. And each of these are not mutually exclusive.

Take for instance an company which is looking to gain agility in application deployment by utilizing Platform as a Service (PaaS). Deploy PaaS and push applications quickly, allowing developers to work towards the demands of their internal users without the overhead associated with typical application development and delivery life cycles. However, PaaS can be utilized in the public, private, and hybrid cloud. Depending on the business needs – security, data centricity, etc., one delivery methodology will be a better fit than others. So it is important to start with a clear set of definitions.

Adding to this, each technology and provider approach is usually different and these can have a massive impact as use cases are mapped to a solution. Companies can easily spin up elastic compute resources in a public cloud today if time agility is required. But if the needs of the business change at a future point – for various reasons – they could be forced to abandon the work already completed in favor of a different technology or provider. Companies want to move away from vendor lock-in, and that is what the cloud should promise. Having a clear understanding of capabilities and limitations is critical in making sure a solution deployed today is cloud agnostic.

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