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Palash Bharadwaj corePOINT core techno


Cloud computing is becoming an increasingly popular choice for many

ave you ever thought of tions—might store data in the Cloud or focus on new software
hiring servers? In this rely on other Cloud infrastructure ser- • Ease of use – abstract complexity
complex world of inter- vices. Applications that run on desktops out of developers’ lives
net, you can now make and mobile devices can use services to • Avoid over & under provisioning –
an easy getaway and synchronize information across many CAPEX outlays
make sure you get what- systems or in other ways. However it’s
ever you like. Adoption of the Cloud is done, exploiting the Cloud’s capabilities Data Intensive Computing
increasing and accelerating. In today’s can improve our world. • Ability to index and make sense of
world the challenge for business is add- large data sets – Parallization
ing new services for your users quickly Why Select the Cloud? • Pre-format data in large reposito-
and with complete cost effective, and Automation/On-Demand = Better, ries for low BW transmissions
rather than buying and maintaining Faster & Cheaper • Better access to data with large
your own machines, why not exploit the • Moving from ‘hand crafted’ soft- multi-tenant distributed cloud da-
acres of Internet-accessible servers on ware to repeatable assembly tabases
offer today? For some applications, their • Reuse of interchangeable compo- • Default backup and most cost effec-
code and data might both live in the nents tive archival of large data sets.
Cloud, where somebody else manages • Repeatable processes with in-
and maintains the systems they use. Al- creased automation & collabora- Accessibility = any time, any
ternatively, applications that run inside
an organization—on-premises applica-
tion place, any device
• Division of labor – let developers

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• Cloud-serviced clients consumer controls the applications

• Leverage low cost compute cycles that run in the environment (and
Models of Cloud Computing
and assured data storage in the possibly has some control over the • Public cloud – In Simple terms
cloud hosting environment), but does not public cloud services are charac-
• Communications is pacing factor control the operating system, hard- terized as being available to clients
ware or network infrastructure on by third party service provider via
What Are the Delivery which they are running. The plat- the internet. Public cloud vendors
typically provide an access control
Models? form is typically the application
mechanism for their users.
• Software as a service (SAAS) – The • Infrastructure as a service (IAAS) • Private cloud – It is very similar
consumer uses the application – The consumer uses “fundamental to Public cloud, but the difference
but does not control the operating computing resources“such as pro- is that in a private cloud-based
system, hardware or network cessing power, storage, networking, service data and processes are
infrastructure that it is running. components or middleware. The managed within the organization
• Platform as a service (PAAS) – The consumer can control the operating without the restriction of network
consumer uses a hosting environ- system, storage, deployed applica- bandwidth, security exposures
ment for their applications. The tions and possibly networking. and legal requirements that using
public cloud services might entail.
Access for infrastructure, security
Make a lot of Huge datacenters cost 5-7x less for computation, storage, and net- and resilience in this model are re-
Money working. Fixed software & deployment amortized over many users. stricted and designated.
Large company can leverage economies of scale and make money.
• Community cloud – A community
cloud is controlled and used by a
Leverage Web companies had to build software and datacenters anyway. specific group of organization that
Existing invest- Adding a new revenue stream at (hopefully) incremental cost.
has shared interests, such as spe-
cific security requirements or a
Defend a What happens as conventional server and enterprise apps embrace common mission.
franchise cloud computing? Application vendors will want a cloud offering. • Hybrid cloud – Hybrid model is a
For example, MSFT Azure should make cloud migration easy. combination of public cloud and
private cloud that interoperates. In
Attack an A large company (with software & datacenter) will want a beach- this model business critical infor-
incumbent head before someone else dominates in the cloud provider space. mation is in private cloud and non-
business critical (outsource model)
Leverage For example, IBM Global Services may offer a branded cloud com- processes in the public cloud.
Customer puting offering. IBM and their Global Services customers would The best thing about the Cloud lies with
Relationship preserve their existing relationship and trust. the fact that it is intensely versatile. Not
only is it unique, it is also universal.
Become a
Facebook offers plug-in apps. Google App-Engine...
This is the reason why this is being ad-
Platform opted over large scale and has become
such a huge name by itself.

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