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Novell chases the enterprise cloud

Posted: 11 Oct 2010     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:cloud computing  enterprise cloud  private clouds 

The adoption of cloud computing is more widespread than previously thought, a study conducted by Harris Interactive for Novell Inc. showed.

The study, which involves IT directors and other top officials at enterprise organisations of more than 2,500 employees, indicates that 77 per cent of the companies already use some form of cloud computing and that 89 per cent of those implementing virtualisation are considering setting up private clouds.

The study also indicates that 34 per cent of the respondents are using a mix of private and public cloud, with 43 per cent planning to increase their use of the combined approach. Other key findings are that 86 per cent of the respondents believe that their data is more secure in private clouds while 76 per cent are not satisfied with security provided by outside vendors.

"The survey results are telling," said Jim Ebzery, senior VP and GM of security, management and operating platforms at Novell. "The path to public cloud computing needs to begin with the private cloud, learning to leverage the public cloud within the safety of the enterprise network. Despite these concerns, enterprises are moving forward with cloud computing—whether in a private cloud, public cloud or in a hybrid cloud environment."

Novell's products and services aim to provide an integrated approach to security and workload management in the cloud.

Novell's WorkloadIQ uses 'intelligent' workload management to enable organisations to build, secure, manage and measure workloads across physical, virtual and cloud environments.

Another recently introduced product, Novell Cloud Manager, enables customers to create and securely manage a private cloud atop existing data centre resources and infrastructure. Its support for major hypervisors, operating systems and hardware platforms offers seamless management of the enterprise infrastructure.

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