Cloud Computing

Cloud Computing Services – It’s computing as a service over the internet.

Cloud Computing Services

The Buzz

Cloud computing is the next stage in the Internet’s evolution. It is bringing everything from computing power to computing infrastructure, apps, business processes to strategic collaboration together that can be delivered to you as a service. These services are available on demand and are delivered economically without compromising security or functionality. It enables people the access to these services on any device, any time and from anywhere in the world.

It’s no secret – the cloud powers business innovation. Cloud computing is transforming competitive landscapes by providing new ways to create and deliver value. Cloud enables you to amplify innovation, increase agility, capitalize on analytics, and get personal.

Why you should opt for cloud computing services?

You should consider cloud computing if you answer is Yes for any on the following:

  • You want to deliver real-time personalized services and drive your business forward by capturing previously untapped customer segments and markets.
  • Gain intelligence by connecting networks. Enable valuable strategic connections, share resources with partners, spur innovation throughout your business ecosystem, and speedily adapt processes.
  • Increase computing capacity and agility while reducing fixed IT investment. Easy scalability to meet the needs of fluctuating market demands, and pay as you go model for resources based on real-time business requirements.
  • Capture new markets and opportunities. Get your new products to market faster, catapulting it before your competition.
  • Shift enterprises IT spending from capital expenses (CapEx) to operating expenses (OpEx).

To take full advantage of cloud computing, businesses need to evolve their IT strategy to achieve greater business value through the improved productivity and cost-savings that cloud services offer.

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Types of cloud

  • Private Cloud
  • Public Cloud
  • Hybrid Cloud

Private cloud (also known as internal cloud or corporate cloud) is cloud infrastructure dedicated to a particular organization. This cloud is not shared with any other organization, whether managed in-house or by a third-party, and it can be hosted in-house or externally.

A private cloud exists within the company environment (firewall) and its access is restricted, usually to company staff or business partners or associates. It provides more control over the company’s data, and ensures better security as compared to Public cloud, although with a greater potential risk for data loss due to natural disaster since it is implemented behind corporate firewall.

The organization implementing the private cloud is responsible for running and managing IT resources instead of passing that responsibility on to a third-party cloud provider. This calls for capital investments and complex technology expertise.

Move to Private Cloud if:

  • You need data control but at the same time want cloud efficiencies.
  • Consistency across services is required.
  • You have excess server capacity than your organization require.
  • You need data center to be more efficient.

Public clouds are made available to the general public by a cloud computing service provider who hosts the cloud infrastructure. Generally, public cloud providers like Google, Amazon and Microsoft own and operate the infrastructure and offer access over the Internet. In this model, the customers have no visibility or control over the location of infrastructure. All customers on public clouds share the same infrastructure pool with limited security, configuration, protections and availability.

Public Cloud customers benefit from economies of scale, since the infrastructure cost is spread across the users, allowing each and every client to operate on a low-cost, “pay-as-you-go” model. Public Cloud offer the greatest level of efficiency in shared resources; but at the same time they are more vulnerable than private clouds.

You should choose a public cloud when:

  • Your standardized workload for applications has many users, e.g. e-mail.
  • You want to shift IT capital investment expenditure to operational cost.
  • You what your services to reach market fast.
  • Easy and inexpensive deployment of apps on cloud is necessary.
  • You don’t want to maintain enterprise IT infrastructure.
  • You’re doing collaboration projects.
  • You want to develop and test application code.
  • You need incremental capacity (the ability to add compute resources for peak times).

A hybrid cloud is a cloud computing environment in which an organization provides and manages some resources in-house and some other resources are provided and managed by third party.

Ideally, the hybrid approach allows a business to take advantage of the scalability and cost-effectiveness that a public cloud computing environment offers without exposing mission-critical applications and data to third-party vulnerabilities. This type of hybrid cloud is also known as “hybrid IT”.

For example – an enterprise could implement hybrid cloud hosting to host their e-commerce website within a private cloud, where it is scalable and secure, but their catalogue site in a public cloud, where it is more cost effective (and security is less of a concern).

The Hybrid Cloud allows customers to save IT resources and money by moving less critical applications and data to the Public Cloud, while maintaining sensitive data and applications in a Private Cloud.

Companies should opt Hybrid Cloud when:

  • Need to protect company or customer data while delivering publicly available websites and applications.
  • Have multiple web properties driven by a centralized content or data source that need to scale independently.
  • Drive periodic or seasonal demand to websites and applications through marketing and advertising.
  • Want to explore the flexibility and scalability of the public cloud to test or prototype while protecting data, core applications, and websites.
  • See seasonal demand for the websites and applications.

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Types of cloud computing services

Software as a service (SaaS)

Cloud-based applications — or software as a service (SaaS) — run on distant servers on the cloud that are owned and operated by third party ISVs or ASPs and that connect to users’ computers via the Internet and, usually, a web browser. Here software and associated data are centrally hosted on the cloud and are delivered as service. This is sometimes referred to as “on-demand software”.

For example, Gmail is a cloud-based SaaS application that replaces traditional email programs that run on your computer, like Thunderbird or Outlook.

Cloud computing services #Advantages of SaaS

  • SaaS will shift part of your IT budget from capital expense to operational expense.
  • Lower expenses associated with software acquisitions.
  • No need to purchase, install, update or maintain software. This is handled by the service providers.
  • You can sign up and start using cloud apps in minutes any where any time.
  • Apps and data are accessible from any connected device.
  • No data is lost even if your computer crashes, as data is stored in the cloud.
  • Refocus your IT staff from deployment and maintenance to high-priority projects.
  • Reduce energy consumption and expense.

Platform as a service (PaaS)

PaaS provides a cloud-based environment with everything required to support the complete lifecycle of building and delivering web-based (cloud) applications. PaaS offers cloud-based application development tools, with services for testing, collaborating on, deploying, hosting, and maintaining apps.

The open design of PaaS can support integration with legacy applications and interoperability with on-site systems. Interoperability gives you the flexibility to take advantage of cloud benefits while retaining data and applications on site as needed.

Cloud computing services #Advantages of PaaS

  • Minimize operational costs and increase productivity.
  • Requires no or minimum up-front investment.
  • Centralized information management.
  • Develop and deploy new web applications to the cloud in minutes.
  • Easy collaboration. Secured and customized access.
  • Reusable code and business logics. Easy integration with other web services.

Infrastructure as a service (IaaS)

Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) sometimes referred to as Hardware as a Service (HaaS) provides companies with computing resources including servers, data center space, storage, and networking via cloud. Cloud-based infrastructure is swiftly secure, scalable and accessible over the Internet — you only pay for what you use.

Businesses can reduce IT capital investments, while gaining true agility—the ability to adopt new capabilities quickly—as well as the ability to use IT to drive fundamental business innovation.

Cloud computing services #Advantages of IaaS

  • On demand, scalable and elastic services. Quickly scale up or down whenever required. No waste of time, you can focus on important business strategies other than IT infrastructure.
  • Self-service, automated provisioning and de-provisioning. Enterprise-grade performance, transparency and security. Better employee coordination and synchronized work culture.
  • Total cost of ownership becomes negligible. Reduced costs from economies of scale and resource pooling.
  • Provides an “instant infrastructure” that allows clients to bypass system acquisition – installation phases, and move directly to operational phases.
  • Pay-for-use costs based service. You only pay for what you use. Keeps IT environment free of anarchy and promote Green Work Culture.

Data as a service (DaaS)

Data as a Service (DaaS) is an information provision and distribution model where data files are made available to clients over the network. DaaS offers easy and cost-effective solutions for client-oriented businesses and customers. It is emerging as underlying technologies that support SOA (service-oriented architecture) and Web services mature.

The evolution of SOA has significantly reduced the relevance of the particular platform on which data resides. DaaS began with the notion that data quality is possible only in a centralized location, enriching and cleansing data and offering it to different devices or systems, software applications or clients, irrespective of where they were on the network. With DaaS, any business process can access data wherever it reside.

DaaS empowers businesses to use data as a independent standalone asset and connect with partner data to make informed and smarter decisions. DaaS is a service in cloud that offers variety, scalability, connectivity, including support for cross channel, cross device, and known and anonymous data.

Cloud computing services #Advantage of DaaS:

  • Cross platform support, global accessibility and automatic updates.
  • Avoidance of the confusion and conflict relating to data duplicity and location.
  • Reduce overall cost of data maintenance and delivery.
  • Preservation of data integrity. Better data control and encryption.
  • Avoidance of “vendor lock-in”. Ease of collaboration and data administration.

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