Though we have a reached phase where cloud computing has evolved in diverse fields of applications, we are still way far from the time when, you can say, you will order your food on cloud!
Cloud computing is impacting the world very swiftly but positively; every other week new launch with cloud technology is coming forward to privatize. Damn! This never stopping technology innovation, Take example of Mobile phones, when you are up for buying latest model of smart phone, Ta-da! Here comes the very new upgraded version of it.
I keep wondering sometimes with very genius thoughts like, Will I ever get chance to download my favorite Pizza from internet? Will I be able to ride my bike in air? Aren’t these very cool? Well, we are already in the verge of change! Don’t believe? You can get to know few very remarkable changes with Cloud computing below and I would love to know your views and ideas for the change we are flowing in.
Rightscale survey statistics shows that in year 2015, few to 100% (i.e. 93%) of organizations surveyed were running applications on cloud or experimenting with infrastructure-as-a-service and 88% were using Public cloud.
Cloud Storage is very evolving and prime change in Business. It is making Business environments easy and breezy, routing towards productivity. People are running their applications on Cloud, without restrictions of System updates, OS limitations. This maintains the productive timings, without any downtime, with 100% Uptime.
Gaming from being just entertainment has become now addiction and part of human life. Cloud is playing very vital role in the Gaming industry, where players from any corner can connect and play. Offers of gaming, version updates are easily pushed to the connected devices. This all has been put to an ease, only with the change introduced to us by Cloud computing.
Your mobile apps are using cloud technology for storing your updates and processing it as per your requirements. With more and more efficient Internet technologies, use of this disruptive technology is grooming to grow. Mobile phones are upgrading every day as stated earlier; your complete computer will fit in that 5 some inches in future.
Nanotechnology and IC technologies are finding their lead towards more and more small chips and storage. Time is, when you can carry your system in your pocket having personal storage of TBs and much more just at one access, in form of Cloud. How cool is that now? You can carry your complete business data along with you with just one ‘5 some inches’ and can access it from anywhere, anytime and with any device.
Cloud assists with auto scalability feature. Scalability in simple words is an ability of a system or a component, with which it can easily modify itself to attain solutions for some issues, like to maintain the system performance, by scaling automatically in increasing traffic and demands, is scalability. This feature is provided by very few leading Cloud service providers.
What is scaling now?
Many would already know concept of scaling and need to require its answer, for those who are less aware or confused about its concept, advantages and features, here is the information. Scaling is simply an addition of resources to handle load with great performance.
It can be attained with two types: Horizontal and vertical scaling in cloud computing. Let’s get it briefly, aspects of both and how vertical scaling provided by eNlight Cloud of ESDS Software Solutions Pvt. Ltd. proves beneficial for businesses with answer to your question, why should I use it?
Horizontal Scaling (Provided by many Cloud service providers)
Horizontal scaling is to assign or release IT resources of the same nature (say servers). Ex. When servers are increased or decreased i.e. assigned or released to the system, system is said to be scaled horizontally. If resources are assigned, it is scale out and when released, it is scale in.
Vertical Scaling (Provided by eNlight Cloud)
Vertical scaling is replacing a present IT resource with another of increased or decreased capacity, memory or storage. Ex. When a server with 500GB disk is replaced by server with 1000GB disk, it is vertical scaling. When capacity is increased, it sis scale up and when capacity is decreased, it is scale down.
Corporate features and benefits of vertical scaling with eNlight
Here are corporate features and benefits of vertical scaling provided by eNlight cloud, which is auto scalable (i.e. it scales itself up or down automatically, depending on the load).
All the above features in a mask of corporate benefits are provided by eNlight cloud. You can handle unexpected peaks of traffic in your website or portal easily, actually you really don’t have to handle anything, just relax and get ready for the results with profits, because auto-scalable eNlight cloud does everything for you. It benefits you with not only scale-up and scale-down features, but with many other exciting features to make best out of your investments in it.
Don’t believe it?
Dlink, leading multinational networking equipment Manufacturing Corporation based in Taiwan was searching for high availability of servers and dynamically scalable hosting infrastructure, eNlight facilitated Dlink, cloud servers with high availability, along with real-time scalable resources like RAM and CPU that scale up or down depending upon the load, it was a perfect solution they were seeking.
Poddar international schools, leading educational organization in India having many branches across India 50+ and with 5000+ students, with this big family, traffic for various operations on Poddar was unpredictable, having centralized hosted portal server reliant on internet connectivity for fetching the data from individual schools’ database to hosted portal application. They were facing infrastructural and resource limitations, so were seeking for complete solution to address the capital expenditure and also address the services issues.
After analyzing their problems, ESDS provided them with the solution of carrying consolidated hosted server in DC and eNlight cloud platform provided a stable, flexible and fully auto-scalable platform to manage their traffics and for hosting their applications platform independently.
Features of eNlight
Some of the very efficient features of eNlight are as below:
Who provides cloud services?
Many of the leading IT industries provide cloud service. All of them vary in their services with unified motive of providing cloud services. But, yes! It is completely an end users choice who to choose as best partner. It should ideally be “the one who provides a (vertical & horizontal) scalable, secure, highly compliant, high compute and flexible cloud service”.
ESDS’s eNlight proudly offers an auto-scalable infrastructure with vertical and horizontal scaling capabilities.
What is Cloud computing and what are its costs?
Cloud computing is a computing paradigm with virtual network of remote servers allowing users to store, process and access data; providing on-demand computational services with features like elasticity, scalability, security and redundancy.
Cost of cloud varies in accords with the type of services and the extent of its practice. Many leading cloud providers are providing pay per consume cloud services.
What are the various types of cloud services?
Cloud service providers, mainly provides with 3 types of services, they are:
However, deployment models of the above services are categorized broadly as:
Considering your requirements, many cloud service providers delivers fully customized cloud solutions to fit in your sets.
Where can I find cloud services?
To find appropriate cloud service for your requirements, you must first decide upon type of service best suited for your business. If you are confused about the services and offerings, you can talk to sales support of an experienced cloud service provider. You can search for best cloud service provider fulfilling your cloud-needs and fitting in frame of your budget. You can consult with organizations and businesses, already using cloud or best is to search an appropriate cloud provider (again, by appropriate I mean, the one who provides a scalable, secure, highly compliant, high compute and flexible cloud service to meet up all your needs) on internet (where you can get precise information on almost anything).
When is the right time to adopt cloud computing?
If your business is up for touching pinnacles and you are inconsistently running short OR exceeding the set limits of IT resources and you want to place your business on elevations, you can adopt cloud computing without any worries. This will certainly prove catalyst in your success. Many SMBs have already adopted cloud and the digits are increasing rapidly each day. According to the survey by RightScale in year 2014, more than 80% of organizations are already using one or the other type of cloud.
Furthermore, Gartner predicts that Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) will achieve a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 41.3% through 2016, the fastest growing area of public cloud computing the research firm tracks.
Why to adopt cloud computing?
Cloud is not just a service but a Business catalyst providing with many benefits. It helps reduce cost significantly, increases business agility, Provides flexibility, CAPEX free, provides comfort of working from anywhere, secured and backups your data with automatic software updates. In short a complete package to stress free business productivity.
How to choose amongst different cloud services?
First step is to know your business requirement, once you are pretty clear with the need of your business; you need to analyze how your requirements will be fulfilled by cloud, check out types of services provided in Cloud and if any of it is not fitting your requirement talk to an exuberant support by cloud service provider, They always have customized plans for you to fit in your sets of expectations.
In my last blog, we saw various definitions of Cloud computing, along with conclusive definition as per me. This content will give you a broader perspective of Cloud computing.
Cloud computing as briefed is a computing paradigm with virtual network of remote servers allowing users to store, process and access data; providing on-demand computational services with features like elasticity, scalability, security and redundancy.
Cloud symbol is used to represent an Internet in diagrams and flowcharts. Symbol represents a set of varied devices that are networked together. This is how originated a symbol of Cloud.
Cloud computing is an old concept, although its origin is still a stuff of dispute. Research says, this concept was first implemented in 90’s but its practice as an Elastic cloud started in 2006. Now it is a trend, invading other technologies and rapidly catering many businesses. ESDS Software Solutions Pvt. Ltd. One of the top cloud service providers in India launched cloud services in India in 2010.
Cloud, according to services offered is classified as Infrastructure as a service (IaaS), Platform as a service (PaaS), Software as a service (SaaS).
Types of Cloud services depending upon the application of it are Private, public, community and Hybrid Cloud.
Cloud computing is trending in numerous businesses like IT, Telecom, Health care sectors, Hospitality, Entertainment, eCommerce, Universities, etc. and it has many more areas to sprout in.
Many SMBs are adopting cloud due to its varied and efficient features like Universal access, Cost savings, Flexibility, productivity, choice of customization, environmental and economic benefits.
With the growing popularity of Cloud Computing Solutions – Computing as a Service – business costs to launch new products, services or online platforms have been falling. Instead of large upfront investments in infrastructure, initiatives can begin modest and grow as needed. Thus, investment in personnel for the installation and support of this infrastructure also tends to fall. This means a decrease in the number of jobs IT ? Not necessarily.
Cloud Computing And The Labor Market
Unlike traditional IT architecture, which is based on number of servers (real or virtualized) running in data center infrastructure, Cloud Computing provides an abstract implementation platform, providing processing power, storage and transfer in accordance with the instant need. Many of installing, configuring, tuning and maintenance of servers are disappearing with the migration of applications to the cloud. As a result, some functions tend to be less sought after by companies, while others should gain space.
The Ups And Downs In Functions
Infrastructure specialists are the big losers with the migration of applications to the cloud. The ability to scale machines, configure settings, take care of the network and keep all this running is not worth much when it comes to cloud, as the focus shifts from hardware to software and data. Thus, the demand for these professionals should decrease, accentuating the trend that has already forming since when companies began to migrate internal infrastructure for outsourced data centers.
Other IT professional profiles, on the other hand, tend to gain space. According to Mashable, functions related to data analysis tend to suffer an increase in demand, as with the migration to the cloud undertakings switch sizing efforts, construction and infrastructure maintenance for areas related to its core business. Data mining, Web Analytics and Business Intelligence are the buzzwords of time in this area.
Specialists in software architecture and security must also gain space. Applications running in the cloud can have high availability, but this does not come for free: software architects play a crucial role in the design of new applications to take advantage of that. Also the security experts now have greater responsibility, because much of the data that were once comfortably behind firewalls in private networks, is now in the cloud. Work to secure data increases and, consequently, the importance of these experts to the organization.
Rearrangement In The Market
Like any change, migration of applications to the cloud will cause others in the IT job market, but hardly mean decrease in the total number of jobs in the area. What should happen is an internal rearrangement, with some functions gaining importance and jobs and other losing importance and space. It is for the IT professional be aware of these changes and acquire the necessary knowledge to keep your valued pass in the market, since computing as a service is a concept that is here to stay.
Cloud computing as a definition remains very controversial. When asked define cloud computing, definition is stated liable to a particular application with no unanimous definition, making it altogether vague. Let’s see below few definitions of Cloud computing to get a hint of it:
1) The practice of using a network of remote servers hosted on the Internet to store, manage, and process data, rather than a local server or a personal computer. This is an internet definition of Cloud computing.
2) Cloud computing is a computing term or metaphor that evolved in the late 2000s, based on utility and consumption of computing resources. Cloud computing involves deploying groups of remote servers and software networks that allow centralized data storage and online access to computer services or resources; says Wikipedia!
3) Whatis says Cloud computing a general term for anything that involves delivering hosted services over the Internet. These services are broadly divided into three categories: Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS).
4) Gartner group ‘A forecaster of Information technology’ defines cloud computing as a style of computing in which scalable and elastic IT-enabled capabilities are delivered as a service using Internet technologies.
5) National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), which defines the standard, defines cloud computing as, a model for enabling convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction.
6) The IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) defines cloud computing in two working drafts. The P2301 (Cloud Profiles) draft highlights different ecosystem of cloud such as cloud vendors, service providers, and users. P2302 (Intercloud) draft provides definition on topology, functions, and governance for cloud-to-cloud interoperability and federation.
7) Short and snappy definition of Cloud computing from all the above definitions, concluded as per me is: A computing paradigm with virtual network of remote servers allowing users to store, process and access data, providing on-demand computational services with features like elasticity, scalability, security and redundancy is Cloud computing.
For more information on Cloud computing read my next post: “Cloud Computing: A Broader Perspective! “
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Pitch of cloud has been lately evolved to peaks. In coming years, cloud will acquire entirely new aspect. According to the Google trends, searches for ‘CLOUD’ are growing. Even though, in some business environments, comprehensive awareness about Cloud computing is mislaid.
Cloud can be adopted by any size of businesses. Although, it has certain challenges to bloom effectively, to fit in all sorts. Today’s challenges are tomorrow’s opportunities, as we say. Few important factors involved in cloud computing to make it more effective can be as below:
Availability is the key feature for selection of any cloud hosting service. It is degree of ability of a system to operate, i.e. to generate timely responses for the respective requests. It replicates the need of storage and servers. High availability is an important factor for modern cloud based applications and devices. It is a challenge for maintaining availability of a system by balancing the offset between other system parameters.
Scalability along with high availability is key factor in cloud hosting services; cloud should be auto scalable i.e. must support vertical and horizontal scaling, is the requirement of the day. However, this does not help in improving availability of the system. It’s important to maintain the tradeoff between availability and scalability in cloud computing.
Elasticity is the art of balancing load with cloud computing in real time. When the load is increasing, it must have ability to grow and with decreasing load, ability to shrink. It is important to maintain offset between scalability and elasticity.
For advancements in Cloud computing, different approaches are taken by cloud companies to stand out. This brings new challenges in catering valued services for clients. With latest research, cloud is adopted by varied sectors. It has catered sectors like Health care, Hospitality, Communications, Entertainment, eCommerce, Universities, etc.
Below are few extents where Cloud is budding with virtuous opportunities.
Heaps of data with lots of inequalities exists, in order to process and store this data first it must be organized, this prompts to data analysis, and then arises data processing and storage. In order to provide efficient data management as a service, system must be scalable and elastic.
Health Care organizations are widely adopting Cloud computing services providing with a significant level of comfort in organizational operations. This prompts to effective monitoring of sections with optimum resource utilization. Health care sectors need to carry large data, to which cloud computing provides very cost and resource efficient means of storage, process and access. Security threat is a vital challenge as Health care organizations carry very sensitive
Cloud has stepped in Hospitality fields these days. Hotels have to cart managing of the complete systems efficiently with lots of data as a result, to which management tries to fetch much secured, efficient and cost effective way for management. Cloud provides with very elastic and scalable utilization of resources in Hospitalization.
This just not ends up an opportunities and challenges associated with Cloud, It has raged so immensely in varied of application fields that one cannot cover up the whole stuff altogether. This is just tint of it; things are predicted to be much more colossal in coming days.
We can say, the day is not far when the earth will be covered with clouds.
There won’t be any soul in IT zone, which has not caught up anything allied with clouds. What is cloud? I am sure all of us, who heard very first about clouds (not the one, which we get, showers from) would have asked this question, isn’t it? Let me brief you about cloud/ cloud technology/ cloud computing. Cloud computing is a virtual network where one can store data, process data, and access data as in hard disks, it includes Infrastructure as a service, Platform as a service, Application as a service.
Cloud technology has lately touched altitudes in terms of providing cloud services in various business sectors and it is going to headway more in upcoming years. Clouds are classified as Private, Public and (mixture of both) Hybrid Clouds; and this does not put to an end in its range, many cloud service providers are heading towards customization of clouds for Business integration.
More or the less every cloud service providing company, delivers public and private cloud services also cloud customization with accords to the necessity of businesses. Private cloud is a cloud infrastructure functioned exclusively for one organization. Public cloud is a network with services that is open for public use, it can be free. Hybrid cloud is a composition of two or more clouds (Private or Public).
Its phase of ‘pay per’, we see pay per second in mobile services, pay per click in online advertising, pay per hour in cyber cafes, pay per dish, ride, movie, etc. and now ‘pay per consume’ in cloud computing, isn’t it sound good? Yes! Why to pay extra if you are consuming very less than what you are paying for it? Many cloud providers in India like Google, eNlight from ESDS, etc. are providing pay per consume service, which is a service efficient innovation in cloud services providing elastic cloud service. eNlight cloud provides scalability, pay per consume, cloud management, flexibility for clients very efficiently along with Exuberant Support.
Briefing all advantages, you get a complete customized solution provider for your cloud. You can save your unnecessary expenses spent on unused span of services and gain significant productivity in your Business!
More and more companies migrate to the cloud computing model. For the most part, seek to generate savings for organizations. In part, too, are concerned to have more efficient processes.
Just so, the different models of cloud, need to be evaluated carefully. When defining the cloud model to be adopted, the organization must be familiar with the differences and similarities between them, especially with regard to security aspect.
For example, the model SaaS (Software as a Service), designed to provide access to applications, groups and user policies which can only be used to ensure that certain users have access to selected information on organization’s CRM database.
In relation to the PaaS (Platform as a Service), whose main objective is data protection, is magnified when used in conjunction with virtual data storage, and in cases of unavailability of other cloud, it plans and calculate safety for balanced distribution of services for the platform at the time of any outages, and study of the appropriate encryption mode for account safety.
In the case of IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) model, the CSO (Chief Security Officer) have to worry about arranging a corporate governance framework within which the transactions occur.
To assist CSOs to how to deal with different models, the following list enumerates challenges linked to each form of work in the cloud:
Challenge # 1: Protect personal information before transmitting them to the cloud. There are many laws and many policies that prevent sensitive data which is transmitted to third-party systems – such as the cloud case. So the very cloud providers suggest that packages with sensitive information is sent in encrypted form or is removed. At that time, the question arises on how to perform encryption or deletion of data before sending them to the provider.
It is known that the encryption process is an operation that consumes valuable CPU resources. An alternative for this is to hire a broker to do the encryption of data between workstations and the provider. Optimize confidential data identification process at the time of shipment.
Challenge # 2: No need to create hundreds of mirrors of sites in the cloud. There is no need to duplicate the data unnecessarily, large companies with thousands of employees all over the place have a dilemma that they need to create hundreds of mirrors of sites in the cloud.
The ability to allow access is based only on local platforms logins to ensure connection to the cloud-hosted services, eliminates this need. The problem increases when there are multiple credentials / passwords for each user. This situation generates significant costs and risks for companies and can thwart the organization. Just calculate the work involved in managing passwords for ten thousand different employees and anticipate that each of them forget the password at least once a year.
Enable single sign for local systems and the cloud platform can help you to mitigate associated risks and costs. After all, it is easier to remember just one password. It also generates less work for IT in time to stop a user from access – an operation will only make it impossible to login with such credentials in local platform and cloud.
Challenge # 3: Conduct audits and take cloud platform with on-demand contracts (pay as the cloud platform is used) means to deliver financial executives a form of control of investments. This tool is usually provided by the provider itself, but in cases of external audits or disputes with service providers, it is worth keeping monitoring indoors.
To account monitoring, companies can hire an intermediary, as proposed in the matter of data encryption (above). The service should actively monitor the allocation of resources and aid organizations to stay within the rules and regulations of governance.
Few technologies have had throughout history such a rapid acceptance among enterprises, including small and medium-sized (SMEs), as cloud computing. This model, which allows the use of different kinds of software as a service, is increasingly adopting facilitating innovation in companies and at the same time, enabling them to be more agile.
Cloud computing drives innovative attitudes within a company and, in some cases, can be considered as a first step to be a beneficial organizational culture of innovation. Companies of all sizes are increasingly taking business processes to the cloud.
This is because the new generation of business applications that run on cloud brings with it not only the flexibility needed by business lines (purchasing, HR, marketing, sales, etc.) to operate and turn, but also the integration that is necessary to automate and connect all the organization’s processes with each other. The cloud solutions boost efficiency, reduce costs and accelerate the adoption of technology trends such as mobility, data analysis (including real time) and big data.
Investing in a cloud solution adds new values to companies that can operate in real time, sharing information efficiently and securely between company employees. The agility and the ability to access real-time information are not just that cloud computing can provide.
Working in conjunction with other strategies, the use of cloud software brings the short and long term benefits such as greater analytical potential and agility in business application databases to add, compare and evaluate several possible scenarios and information within the company; access via mobile devices to detect changes, and share information with employees without thinking about their location.
The cost is also an important benefit that the cloud offers to the companies. Cloud computing allows companies to incorporate the latest innovations in the field of information technology without having to bear the extremely high software license acquisition costs and not to the implementation of an infrastructure (systems and hardware) specific to rotate applications. In this software acquisition system, are only subject to payment of a monthly fee for the specific applications being used and that are hosted on the cloud server.
Other Advantages: The solutions running in the cloud tend to be flexible enough to be configured according to the demands of each company in a very reasonable time. In addition, the cloud software interfaces are often similar to applications that people use every day on their smartphones or tablets. Therefore, no need to train staff to use the tool.
Finally, I highlight the cloud breaks a paradigm related to consumption by SMEs technology. The technology allows these companies to really focus on the conduct of its business and not worry about the acquisition and management of IT. It is also a pioneer in giving access to the latest innovations without having to fiercely consume budgets. So now that the market is more competitive than ever, SMBs can better compete with large companies.
You just have to add cloud in your business. What was once trend now shows a key tool for the growth of any organization.
What you’ll do? Wait a little longer and run the risk of leaving your competitors in front or anticipate them to be more agile, innovative and competitive?