Archive for January, 2012

Cloud Computing in 2012 (continued) – Shared Resources in the Cloud

A primary characteristic of cloud computing is that the platform leverages pooled or shared assets. These computing resources can be bought, controlled externally, and used for public or private usage. As we look further into the validity of these shared computing resources, one can easily see that they are an integral component to any public or private cloud platform.

Take, for example, a business website. We begin to see standard options commonly available in today’s market. Shared hosting, is one of the choices companies have had for quite some time now. The shared approach leads them to be free from managing their own data center, and in turn, leverage a third party. Most of the time, managed hosting services lease out to their customers a dedicated server which is not the shared with other users.

Based solely on this, cloud computing looks a lot like a shared hosting model of managed services. This is due to the fact that the cloud platform provider is the third-party that manages, operates and owns the physical computing hardware and software resources which are distributed and shared. At this juncture in the paradigm is where the similarities between shared or dedicated hosting and cloud computing end.

With cloud computing set aside for a moment, the move away from IT departments utilizing self hosted resources and using outsourced IT services  has been evolving for years. This change has substantial economic impacts. Two of the main areas of change are in CAPEX and OPEX. This furthers the potential opportunity for reducing OPEX in conjunction with operating the hardware and software infrastructure. The change from CAPEX toward OPEX defines a lowering of the barrier for entry when starting a new project.

When examining self hosting, companies are required to allocate funding to be spent up front for licenses and hardware purchases. Operating under fixed costs, it is an out-of-pocket expense in the beginning of that project. Furthermore, when leveraging and outsourced offering (a.k.a. managed hosting), the upfront fees can typically be equal to a one-month start-up operational cost, and possibly a set up fee. When analyzed from a financial perspective, the annual cost is close to the same, or just a little bit lower, than the CAPEX expense for an equal project. Additionally, this can be offset by the reduction of required OPEX to manage and care for the infrastructure.

In stark comparison, when analyzing the cloud model, it is standard to see no up-front fees. With closer examination, a subscriber to cloud services can register, purchase, and be leveraging the services in much less time than it takes to read this blog.

The dramatic differential comparisons in financial expenditures you might see between these hosting models, and the cloud model, exist because the cost structures when utilizing cloud infrastructures are drastically more attractive than earlier models offered to IT.  With further investigation, it’s clear the economies of scale are multi-faceted, and driven by relation to the economics of volume. The largest cloud platform providers are able to offer a better price point to the IT consumers because they are able to bulk purchase, and offer better goods and services; which in this paradigm, are capacity, power, data storage, and compute processing power.

And so continues our 2012 blog series dedicated to understanding the core layers of cloud computing. Our next blog will focus on elasticity in cloud computing. Please check back often, or subscribe to our blog to stay up-to-date on the latest posts and perspectives and news about cloud computing. For more information about Nubifer Cloud Computing visit www.NUBIFER.com

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Cloud Computing in 2012 – The Evolution Continued

The term ‘Cloud Computing’ is now mainstream and well-known in most business sectors. To gain an understanding of how this came to be, and what all the interest and hype is about, you must recall the recent and growing beliefs among vendors analysts that have helped to popularize, and define cloud computing as as the pinnacle of computing service offered by third parties, offering cheap computing infrastructure and software services.

The resources available for use when needed is  described as “on demand”, and can be scaled dynamically in direct response to the needs of the users of the software and platforms. Simply put, cloud computing completes a departure from the past of developing, maintaining, operating and managing IT infrastructure systems. Thus bringing businesses an easier way to focus on what they do best in their own vertical.

Economic Advantage
When you look at cloud computing from an economic perspective, the adoption of cloud computing has the potential to provide economic benefits for all sizes of businesses, providing for greater flexibility and agility in the day to day operations. As the cloud providers and industry leaders continue to refine, evolve and define cloud computing, our understanding of its costs, its values and ongoing benefits proliferate opportunity each day.

Some of the areas we’ll cover in our online blogs are the main principles of cloud computing. Additionally, we will also discuss the benefits from moving from traditional data center driven software applications and migrating to the cloud. Furthermore, we will discuss how evolving IT has brought us to what we now call cloud computing.

Media and News about the Cloud
Nowadays, online journals, blogs conferences, technical books and a myriad of other information sources continue to define and disseminate information about cloud computing. However, even large mainstream technology companies and technical information websites are still learning, and educating the masses on what ultimately brought about the “Cloud”.

In some respects, cloud computing’s entry to the World Wide Web is not new, but what is new is the access that companies and people have. Furthermore, it is clear that Cloud Computing  may also win the award for the most overhyped category, including service oriented architectures also known as SOA, application service providers, business intelligence and other evolving computing terms, just to name a few.

Because our blog discusses the very large scale topic of cloud computing, we need to dive in and discuss the facets of the cloud in its greatest detail possible. It is our goal, at Nubifer to cut through all the hype, and share with you practical applications, frameworks, business thought leaders and approaches to leveraging the cloud for your own endeavors.

Analyze to Understand, Practice to Gain Experience

Many analysts, business users, subscribers and pundits ask themselves, “How did this new paradigm of cloud computing, and its driving popularity come to be?” It’s easy to step back and call cloud computing a marketing approach or another series of vendors trying to play up their offerings. But with all the hype put aside, there is a large body of legitimate information and technology advancements that are fueling the cloud, and all of the excitement behind it.  All of the expectations and hype surrounding Cloud Computing are based on sound information and real-time opportunities aimed at improving business efficiencies profitability and succinctly.

Primarily software developers and SMB’s leveraged the cloud in the first 24 months that it was available for public use. Amazon attracted over1 million customers when it first opened its offering to public consumption.  Amazon’s own website shows the bandwidth consumed by large companies leveraging the cloud has even surpassed their own online store, Amazon.com. Clearly, something is driving the rapid adoption of the cloud.

The Cloud has taken on similar marketing popularity as previous paradigm shifts and offerings evolving in the World Wide Web. For example, the move from traditional mainframes, to then client and server and then from client server to now the Internet, the model of cloud computing has, and will continue to  have major implications for the future of business IT.

Principles that Help Define the Many Layers of Cloud Computing

  1. subscription-based services and resources available via pooled computing resources
  2. hardware utilization maximized by virtualized computing resources
  3. the ability to on demand scale the elastic software approaches
  4. virtual machine management being able to be automated for creation or deletion of existing instances
  5. enhanced billing services for resources used

It is our perspective at Nubifer, that these layers of cloud computing are the main key areas of interest, and are the components necessary for something to be defined as Cloud Computing.

Our upcoming blog series will cover

  • shared or pooled resources
    available via subscription model
  • elasticity
    On demand scale dynamically with capex expenditure
  • virtualization
    Utilization of hardware assets
  • automation
    Complete provisioning deployment configuration build outs and moves all without manual involvement
  • metered billing
    Pay for what you use usage-based business model

And so begins our 2012 blog series dedicated to understanding the core layers of cloud computing. Please check back often, or subscribe to our blog to stay up-to-date on the latest posts and perspectives and news about cloud computing. For more information about Nubifer Cloud Computing visit http://www.NUBIFER.com