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.
“In many ways, cloud computing is simply a metaphor for the Internet, the
increasing movement of computer and data resources onto the Web. But
there’s a difference: cloud computing represents a new tipping point for
the value of network computing. It delivers higher efficiency, massive
scalability, and faster, easier software development. It’s about new
programming models, new IT infrastructure, and the enabling of new business
Excerpt from – Sun Microsystems' White Paper on “Taking Cloud Computing
to a Higher Level”
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.
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
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)
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)