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A cloud provider's guide to building multiservice cloud platforms
This expert lesson on building an effective cloud platform walks cloud providers through the building blocks necessary to create a flexible platform that can accommodate multiple services and be used by the provider and the customer alike, as well as how to analyze the necessary database options to fit your cloud strategy.

Cloud computing services primer
As the cloud computing services market evolves, cloud service providers of all types are on a steep learning curve to change the IT services delivery model for enterprise customers. Find out who's playing in this market, what infrastructure is being deployed and the types of services being developed.

Three cloud security solutions bridge public cloud divide
Three main options for cloud security solutions are evolving to help cloud providers and their customers build high security into different cloud services like Software as a Service and Infrastructure as a Service, ranging from the emerging cloud security bridge to extending enterprise private data center security to the public cloud.

Smart grid technology primer
This smart grid technology primer examines how utilities, vendors and telecom providers are focused on the goal of improving energy transmission and distribution via advanced communications infrastructure to promote effective energy management and use. Telecom carriers have important roles to play, especially with 4G wireless WiMAX and LTE network deployment.

How to build a scalable IaaS cloud network infrastructure
Building an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) proof-of-concept is a no-brainer these days -- take a few high-end servers, cram as much memory into them as you can, deploy the virtualization platform of your choice, slap some management software in front of the infrastructure, and add a bit of networking and storage to the mix. But scaling the architecture to accommodate an Amazon-sized cloud is a totally different undertaking. Providers should look to IP-over-IP transport and invest in design.

Building a cloud computing infrastructure to serve dual purposes
While updating network infrastructure, operators must design a cloud computing infrastructure that serves a two-fold purpose -- supporting multiple cloud computing services and serving as the IT platform for the operator’s own applications, which requires Infrastructure as a Service architecture built on data center virtualization for economies of scale.

This was first published in September 2011

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