Update: Enterprise Cloud Computing for Law Firms

Today Mark and I ran a webinar on Total Data Protection for Law Firms and have posted it to our video stream.

I wanted to do a quick post this morning to discuss this since it is almost entirely my focus these last few months.

Total Data Protection is the name of our Enterprise Class Hybrid Cloud Computing service that provides the ability for any Law Firm to provide business continuity for their enterprise compute workloads no matter where they are by leveraging our software stack and Private/Community Cloud deployments throughout the world.

In that definition of Total Data Protection I used some deployment model terms from the NIST definition of Cloud Computing; draft v14.  To review, those deployment models are:

Private cloud. The cloud infrastructure is operated solely for an organization. It may be managed by the organization or a third party and may exist on premise or off premise.

Community cloud. The cloud infrastructure is shared by several organizations and supports a specific community that has shared concerns (e.g., mission, security requirements, policy, and compliance considerations). It may be managed by the organizations or a third party and may exist on premise or off premise.

Public cloud. The cloud infrastructure is made available to the general public or a large industry group and is owned by an organization selling cloud services.

Hybrid cloud. The cloud infrastructure is a composition of two or more clouds (private, community, or public) that remain unique entities but are bound together by standardized or proprietary technology that enables data and application portability (e.g., cloud bursting). is a true Hybrid Cloud as it is a combination of Private and Community and provides services both on-premise and off-premise.  It is shared by an organization, that organization is the aggregate of all Law Firms.  If you are not a law firm, you can't use  Period.

We are working very hard to address all the common concerns about enterprise cloud computing.  We specifically address things like auditing, compliance, network security, data security, transparency, data location and the legal Issues surrounding it.

We have other products related to or complimentary to Total Data Protection on the way and in testing.  We'll be deploying our client facing console, a really cool distributed Rails (on the front) and Java (in part of the backend) application, in a very short few weeks to the first clients.  Clients will be able to deploy Total Data Protection, Active Servers, and Provision storage in our globally distributed data centers through this interface.  Our first release will not have a clent facing API unfortunately, but we're trying not to boil the ocean you know.  However, I have started working on this by studying the best of the available API's out there and expect to move forward on specification and early development stages soon.  Of course, the API will not be public, it'll only be available to members of our cloud commnity; law firms.  But, that is the point in our case.

When I started nScaled I never imagined I'd be building a cloud quite like this one.  But, it's exciting to be sure.  My blogging certainly has taken a hit but that's okay I suppose.  Over time I'll be able to blog more and more about the various things we've been doing.

Kent now returns to his usual daily program of coffee, phone calls, infrastructure, and sales calls... 

---Kent Langley, CTO, by nScaled, Inc.