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Prospect of Cloud Computing in Bangladesh
K503: Management Information Systems
Mr. Rezwanul Haque Khan Lecturer Institute of Business Administration University of Dhaka
“Free Riders” Dewan Md. Yunus Bashar (66) Salahuddin Mahmud (84) Badiuzzaman Palash (90) Md. Mazhar Hossain (96) Md. Anwarul Karim (110) MBA 45D, Sec: B Institute of Business Administration University of Dhaka
It is investing heavily on the industrial sector as well as getting large international investments. data access. and information are provided to computers and other devices as a utility (like the electricity grid) over a network (typically the Internet). applications.Prelude: As an emerging economy. like India? Could India be a model for Bangladesh? What is the current state of adoption of cloud computing in Bangladesh? How could Bangladesh effectively implement cloud computing and counter the challenges? To find out the answers we are going to analyze various research papers from well known journals. servers. software applications. Current State of Cloud Computing: In developed world cloud computing is gaining gradual popularity. Literature review: The objective of our research is to find out the answer of the following questions: What is the current state of cloud computing in the world and how it is being implemented? What is the prospect and what are the challenges of cloud computing? What is the prospect and what are the challenges of cloud computing in developing nations. convenient. Bangladesh is the new Information Society Hotspot. the pertinent information of those papers and appropriate adoption to Bangladesh situation will be discussed. It is time for the country to recognize the importance of using the newest versions of use of information technology. on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e. Watching the adoption of the technology. Cloud computing provides computation. and services) that can be rapidly provisioned and released with 2 . company publications and seminar papers. In this literature review. The organizations are searching for efficient and cost effective ways to manage their data resources. Some organizations have already started to use Cloud computing but the majority of this market is still untapped. Cloud computing is the delivery of computing as a service rather than a product. US National Institute of Standards and Technology has defined which service should be treated as cloud computing: “Cloud computing is a model for enabling ubiquitous.. software. whereby shared resources.g. data management and storage resources without requiring the users to know the location and other details of the computing infrastructure. storage. networks.
servers. The applications are accessible from various client devices through either a thin client interface. Measured service. A consumer can unilaterally provision computing capabilities. There is a sense of location independence in that the customer generally has no control or knowledge over the exact location of the provided resources but may be able to specify location at a higher level of abstraction (e.g. country. and network bandwidth. This cloud model is composed of five essential characteristics. storage.minimal management effort or service provider interaction. to scale rapidly outward and inward commensurate with demand.g. The capability provided to the consumer is to use the provider’s applications running on a cloud infrastructure2.. mobile phones. processing. state. such as a web browser (e. providing transparency for both the provider and consumer of the utilized service. three service models. storage. as needed automatically without requiring human interaction with each service provider. operating systems. bandwidth.”1 It has also defined which Essential Characteristics and Service Models should define cloud computing: “Essential Characteristics: On-demand self-service. Broad network access. memory. with the possible exception of limited userspecific application configuration settings. Cloud systems automatically control and optimize resource use by leveraging a metering capability1 at some level of abstraction appropriate to the type of service (e. and four deployment models. or a program interface. in some cases automatically. processing. and reported... laptops. tablets. Rapid elasticity. Capabilities are available over the network and accessed through standard mechanisms that promote use by heterogeneous thin or thick client platforms (e. with different physical and virtual resources dynamically assigned and reassigned according to consumer demand. Resource pooling. 3 .g. Resource usage can be monitored. controlled. Examples of resources include storage. and workstations). To the consumer. Service Models: Software as a Service (SaaS). or datacenter). Capabilities can be elastically provisioned and released. such as server time and network storage. or even individual application capabilities.g. web-based email). The consumer does not manage or control the underlying cloud infrastructure including network. the capabilities available for provisioning often appear to be unlimited and can be appropriated in any quantity at any time. The provider’s computing resources are pooled to serve multiple consumers using a multi-tenant model. and active user accounts)..
Google App Engine allows a user to run Web applications written using the Python programming language. and deployed applications. C++. there will be an increase in the number of Cloud platforms available. operating systems. but has control over the deployed applications and possibly configuration settings for the application-hosting environment.billion addressable market opportunity. Recently.. including $95-billion in business and productivity applications. and other fundamental computing resources where the consumer is able to deploy and run arbitrary software. As the computing industry shifts toward providing Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Software as a Service (SaaS) for consumers and enterprises to access on demand regardless of time and location. Now we see what is the current condition of the cloud computing market? Rajkumar et al.”2 4 . Academic efforts include Virtual Workspaces and OpenNebula. We are citing some of the major examples here: “Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) provides a virtual computing environment that enables a user to run Linux-based applications. which can include operating systems and applications. host firewalls). servers. and another $65-billion in online advertising”. services. The capability provided to the consumer is to provision processing. storage. or select from a library of globally available AMIs. and possibly limited control of select networking components (e. and tools supported by the provider. Another research study by Morgan Stanley has also identified Cloud computing as one of the prominent technology trends. Java. has explored the current cloud computing market: “Cloud computing is expected to be a “$160. Sun network. Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). The capability provided to the consumer is to deploy onto the cloud infrastructure consumer-created or acquired applications created using programming languages. In this paper some most common cloud service provider are presented as examples.g. storage. or storage.”2 From this information it can be understood how important the cloud computing market is and how more important is going to be.com (Sun Grid) enables the user to run Solaris OS. and FORTRAN based applications. libraries. The consumer does not manage or control the underlying cloud infrastructure but has control over operating systems.3 The consumer does not manage or control the underlying cloud infrastructure including network. networks. data and associated configuration settings.”1 The technological implementations that satisfy above criteria are treated as cloud computing. The user can either create a new Amazon Machine Image (AMI) containing the applications. C. libraries.Platform as a Service (PaaS). several academic and industrial organizations have started investigating and developing technologies and infrastructure for Cloud Computing.
With respect to hosting private clouds. The model it exposes to developers is straightforward: objects. public clouds of the types introduced in section II. Prospect and Challenges of Cloud Bangladesh Stands in Contrast to World Computing: Where In a EU expert group report the cause of utilizing cloud computing has been depicted: “Economic considerations are one of the key reasons to introduce cloud systems in a business environment in the first instance. i.1 are commercially available a more exhaustive comparison of existing providers and their features at the time of writing is available through Webhosting Unleashed  and Infoworld. This has been depicted in a paper by Chappell et al. In Microsoft’s SQL Server Data Services (SSDS).In case of cloud storage. Privacy & Security. the gain through cost reduction has to be carefully balanced with the increased effort to build and run such a system.this relates in particular to the typical topics in the IT area. 5 . as do online contacts applications such as Google Contacts and Microsoft’s Windows Live Contacts. Another approach to cloud storage is to support more structured data. different service providers are providing different kind of service using different technologies. Virtualisation and Resource Control . and delete objects and buckets………………………. read. each of which holds some number of properties”3 Chappell et al.com . As has been noted in the first section. relevant aspects thereby to consider relate to the cut-off between loss of control and reduction of effort. Photo-sharing sites such as Google’s Picasa and Microsoft’s Windows Live Photo Gallery do this.: “Amazon’s Simple Storage Service (S3) provides basic unstructured remote storage. The particular interest typically lies in the reduction of cost and effort through outsourcing and / or automation of essential resource management. also depicts the examples of cloud application services: “Many other application services are available today. almost any Web site can expose its functionality as a cloud service for developers to use. which are just bunches of bytes. Current cloud systems still suffer a lot of drawbacks and do not overall offer the infrastructure expected to be required in the near future . Applications can create. Data Management.A. are stored in buckets. In fact. for example.e. for example.”3 By reviewing these papers we get a clear idea of the current degree of implementation of cloud computing around the globe. a container includes one or more entities. One big motivation for exposing services is to make it easier to create mash-ups that exploit the functions of diverse Web applications..”4 How cloud will propagate in future is also described in the report: “Overall.
the management features are nowhere near optimal resource usage – issues not only relevant for cost reduction. interoperability and manageability & control of the resources. In particular sensitive data or protected applications are critical for outsourcing issues.g. 6 . additional issues arise with the advent of cloud systems that have not been fully elaborated before – in particular related to the elasticity of the system (horizontal and vertical up. and the implicit lack of interoperability. But this also poses problems on modelling the policies and dynamic aspects of resource management . Federation & Interoperability: ………….At the same time. it is also almost impossible to move a service / image / environment between providers on the same level (e. In some use cases. such as restrictions due to Legislation & Policies. but also changes in the infrastructure need to be exploited by the virtual environment without impacting on the hosted capabilities. Implicitly. but more importantly consistency maintenance (see section III on “Data Management”). from Force. Elasticity and Adaptability: ……………. the information that a certain industry is using the infrastructure at all is enough information for industrial espionage.Not only data size poses a problem for cloud systems.and down-scaling). Privacy and Security: ………Strongly related to the issues concerning legislation and data distribution is the concern of data protection and other potential security holes arising from the fact that the resources are shared between multiple tenants and the location of the resources being potentially unknown.”4 The report refers to technical and non technical chllanges in implementing cloud computing: “Manageability: …………Whilst most cloud system allow for main features related to elasticity and availability (see Table 1 and Table 4 above). but also for meeting the green agenda and for ensuring availability when resources are limited. but also Economical Concerns related to whether the move to a cloud infrastructure is economically feasible are of major concern for commercial providers.One of the most pressing issues with respect to cloud computing is the current difference between the individual vendor approaches. making long-term interoperability and standardisation efforts difficult – whereby standardization typically follows interoperability efforts in the commercial domain. Virtual isation. Data management: ……. Whilst a distributed data environment (IaaS) cannot be easily moved to any platform provider (PaaS) and may even cause problems to be used by a specific service (SaaS)..Though virtualisation techniques have improved considerably over recent years. Changes in the configuration of the service / data need to be reflected by the setup of the underlying resources (according to their capabilities and capacities).com to Amazon). existing infrastructures will be difficult to change to new technologies and / or conceptual approaches. in particular when scaling up. non-technical aspects.
”4 All these challenges stated above are true in case of Bangladesh. According to Jeremy Cooper. To take India as an example we went through papers written in Indian context. new legislative models have to be initiated.Legislation.com 'software as a service' provider started its services in India in September 2005 and since then the adoption rate of cloud computing is increasing . Netmagic. but also which data may be hosted where. depicted a clear overview of implementation of cloud computing in India: “India is growing at faster pace in information technology sector thereby showing a great potential for the cloud computing services. This makes India as the fastest growing SAAS market in Asia Pacific region. and / or new means to handle legislative constraints during data distribution. With the cloud principally hosting data / code anywhere within the distributed infrastructure. HCL technologies.”5 Through analyzing Indian trends and style of adopting cloud computing. Wipro. Government & Policies: …………. Sharma et al. The paper of M. As a model we are going to analyze the example of India. TCS. 7 . have also launched cloud computing services in India. reliable and scalable application that helps them to grow and expand their business.e.e. i. This center will cater to the increasing demand of web based infrastructure sharing services. but also applications and services. Verizon. Salesforce. software as a service in India will register a compounded annual growth rate of 76% in the time period of 2007-2011.Not only data is subject to specific legislation issues that may depend on the location they are currently hosted in. VPMarketing (APAC).Seeing SAAS success on September 2008 IBM launched cloud computing center in India at Bangalore. in particular regarding their licensing models. In our report we are going to find how to coupe up with these challenges in our country. IBM India collaborated with IIT Kanpur to come up with some new developments in computing that will help in academic advancement. we would try to plan an appropriate cloud computing model for Bangladesh with special emphasis on business use. potentially anywhere in the world. Legislation issues arise due to the fact that different countries put forward different laws regarding which kind of data is allowed. Bharti Airtel has launched the cloud computing services with their NetPc model and other giant companies like Reliance Communications. Novatium etc. Cloud computing services has huge opportunity in Indian market due to the large number of Small and Medium businesses (SMBs) which is at around 35 million and they want easy to use . According to Springboard Research report (Jan 2009) SAAS India i.
Not much research papers have been published by Bangladeshi scholars considering cloud computing.Implementing Cloud Computing in Bangladesh: Opportunities and Challenges The scenario of Bangladesh is not much different from the world. we basically have to rely on the papers from abroad and should try to compare the condition of those country with the condition here in Bangladesh. So. in Bangladesh. 8 . such as that found with dial-up services.: “a)[cloud computing] Requires a constant Internet connection. There are some causes which have been discussed by R. We have adopted IT framework developed by first world countries very quickly. b) Doesn't work well with low-speed connections c) low-speed internet connection. makes cloud computing painful at best and often impossible”6 These are the basic problems. but we are slow while adopting cloud computing. Mazumder et al. the challenges noted by the EU research paper should also be countered. Besides these.
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