Cloud Computing Simplified

Enrico DePaolis

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Cloud based email services are not new but the adoption of these services within large organizations, borh private and government, is on the rise.  Just this week the NZ postal system announced that it has agreed to move all of its Microsoft applications to Google.  The savings are definitely there but privacy concerns may be something that will raise concerns for NZ citizens.  All of the data will be stored on US based clouds. Several  large pharmaceutical clients have also made the switch to Google and even Microsoft online offerings.  In total over 110,000 email clients have moved from pharma corporate systems to online cloud based systems for just email and scheduling alone. Over the coming months, cloudIMPACT will be following the success of some of these implementations and providing the results. ... (more)

Cloud Computing – The Stormy Side/The Upside

Provided below are two quotes, one from Larry Ellison of Oracle and one from Andy Isherwood of HP (both from 2008 so maybe their perspectives have changed).  Not everyone, even those that would be serving this new Cloud Computing environment, are convinced that Cloud Computing is a new and improved way to do business.  In fact, these two are claiming that they are already doing it.  Luckily for us, not everyone is of the same mindset as these two but clients do have concerns and in some instances, rightly so. “The interesting thing about Cloud Computing is that we’ve redefined C... (more)

How is Your Cloud Computing Provider Doing?

Cloud computing is becoming a mission critical factor as more corporations move their infrastructures to the cloud. A key to a successful cloud migration is not in the deployment but in the management after you are there. Here are some graphs showing performance over time for some of the most common cloud computing providers. Graphs provided by cloudclimate.com. GoGrid Performance Graph Amazon EC2 US Performance Graph Amazon EC2 EU Performance Graph cloudImpact will be updating these performance graphs periodically and trending the results over time. ... (more)

Types of Cloud Computing

There are several kinds of Cloud Computing service offerings.  Here are the most common ones. Common Services. Some products offer Internet-based services—such as storage, middleware, collaboration, and database capabilities—directly to users. SaaS. Software-as-a-service products provide a complete, turnkey application—including complex programs such as those for CRM or enterprise-resource management—via the Internet. PaaS. Platform-as-a-service products offer a full or partial development environment that users can access and utilize online, even in collaboration with others.... (more)

Main Advantages of Cloud Computing

Availability. Cloud-computing proponents say a system run by a large service provider that has money and redundant equipment should offer more availability than an infrastructure run by a small or even mid-sized company. Application integration and support. The systems generally use SOAP, the Web Services Description Language (WSDL), and other nonproprietary Web service protocols, many XML-based. This enables easy interaction with and support of legacy resources and other infrastructure services. Flexibility. Most cloud-computing vendors don’t require contracts and let users work... (more)