In this day and age, more and more businesses are leveraging cloud-based infrastructure that is available on demand to defray costs and gain flexibility. The cloud services provide the ability to add new resources such as capacity, storage and bandwidth quickly and at substantial savings over existing models. This quick and secure deployment allows businesses to rapidly adapt to changes in the market and try out a new application without first investing in hardware, software and networking.
Key characteristics of cloud computing are:
Rapid Elasticity and Scalability:
The cloud application can be scaled down as well as up to accommodate the needs of customer. This inherent flexibility and the savings that result from it makes cloud services very attractive to the end user.
On-demand provisioning and automatic deprovisioning:
The customer can request an amount of computing, storage, software from service provider. After these resources are consumed, they can be automatically deprovisioned.
Application Programming interfaces (APIs):
Cloud services have standardized APIs that provide seamless communication between two applications or data sources such as CRM system and financial management system without the need of custom programming.
The usage of computing power, storage and bandwidth is metered and billed accordingly.
Cloud hosting is provided on multiple connected servers to provide uninterrupted connectivity in the case of one server failure or huge spike in traffic.
Cloud Computing is broadly divided into three categories: Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Software as a Service (Saas).
Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)
IaaS delivers computer hardware (servers, networking technology, and storage and data center space) as a service. This can also include operating systems and virtualization technology. The main benefits of outsourcing infrastructure are:
Running an in-house web server has many cost factors such as purchase cost, networking, internet connections, server management and deployment other IT resources. All these costs can be eliminated for one cheaper fee by an expert cloud service provider.
Aggregation of resources:
Aggregate server and networking resources are provided to handle spikes in traffic.
New resources such as storage, servers, network bandwidth are made available faster because cloud providers aggregate homogenous resources across large number of customers.
A cloud service provider offers adequate security to mitigate security threats.
Platform as a Service (PaaS)
PaaS usually have multi-tenancy architecture that allows multiple users to run data and applications simultaneously through virtualization. This model allows developers to build web applications without having to install any software or tools on their own computer, and can deploy those applications directly. Platform as a Service (PaaS) include browser based development studios and the ability to scale.
Software as a Service (Saas)
Saas refers to business applications that are hosted by the provider and delivered as a service such as CRM. Instead of having to install a program on their machine, users are able to run the application through a web browser. Software as a Service (Saas) is sometimes called Web-based software, on-demand software, or hosted software.
While cloud services provides dramatically reduced administration cost there are inherent security and privacy risks to cloud services as internet is now part of business net network.
Risks Associated with Cloud Computing
Cloud computing is based on the internet and hence vulnerable to risk associated with data confidentiality, data integrity cyber attacks and privacy. This includes encryption, identity management and forensics.
Performance and Availability risks
Data and service availability are important concerns for a business and hence need to be addressed. Your cloud service provider should have written policy relating to data guarantee and service availability during bandwidth interruptions and DDOS (Distributed Denial of Service) attacks.
Audit and Compliance risks
Data may reside in multiple locations and raise issues such as data jurisdiction and audit trail.
Cloud Manageability and Governance
Managing data in cloud requires both privacy and security and applies to both infrastructure and storage. Cloud governance involves following guidelines and policies to safeguard processes and data in the cloud.
Our Secure Cloud Hosting Solutions
We at American Data Technology, Inc. fully understand and address all the risks. Our customers benefit from cost effective and secure cloud services. Moreover, we go through rigorous audits by independent external agencies for FISMA, PCI compliance, etc.
Cloud Hosting Plans
The key benefit of ADTI's Cloud Hosting platform is that secure, load balancing, and redundant storage clustered configuration seamlessly provides higher scalability, bandwidth and storage for our customers' websites and web applications.
We are a certified provider for cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Software as a Service (Saas) have received Federal Information Security Management Certification (FISMA).
With our state of the art, cloud based VMWare environment, you can have your very own Windows or Linux server with as much or as little space as you need, and grow as you go.
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|Redundant networking cards|
|GeoTrust SSL certificates|
|SSH shell access|
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Types of Cloud
A public cloud is used when standardized application as re used by lots of people such as email and collaboration projects. Public clouds reside outside business firewall. The public nature raises concerns over cloud security and reliability.
A community cloud is used when multiple organization have similar requirements and share infrastructure to reduce costs.
A private cloud like a public cloud has capabilities such as elasticity, scalability and self provisioning but allows more control over the cloud environment. A private cloud is a highly virtualized cloud data center inside a business firewall. Private cloud provides a well managed environment that allows:
- Automation of management tasks
- Self service based provisioning of IT services and hardware and software
- Specific workloads can be provisioned
Hybrid cloud combines both public and private cloud.
Cloud Computing - FAQs
Cloud Computing: Key Benefits
What are key benefits of cloud computing?
- On-demand capacity cost effective solution for rapid elasticity and scalability.
- On-demand provisioning and automatic deprovisioning.
- Application Programming interfaces (APIs.
- Pay-as-you-go model.
- Load balancing.
Cloud Computing: Virtualization
What is virtualization?
Virtualization separates resources and services from physical environment. Simply put, virtualization in cloud computing has three basic characteristics:
- Partitioning: application and oprerating systems are separated
- Isolation: Each customer’s virtual machine is isolated from the host and other customers’ virtual machines. Data crashing in one virtual machine does not affect performance of other virtual machine. Moreover, each customer is protected from other customer data.
- Encapsulation: A virtual machine is stored as a separate file.
Cloud Computing: Operating Systems
What operating system do you support?
We provide Linux Cloud Hosting Solution as well as Windows Cloud Hosting Solution.
Cloud Computing: Cloud Adoption Model
We need to analyze costs that we will save by moving our applications to cloud environment. Can you tell us what those costs might be saved?
A rational economic approach to cloud adoption means doing detailed analysis of current costs (both fixed and variable) such as:
- Server costs: Hardware costs.
- Storage costs: Storage Area Network (SAN).
- Network costs: Internet bandwidth requirements.
- Back up costs: Back up of critical data and offsite storage costs. Disaster recovery costs: Cloud Service provider’s protocol for disaster recovery must be discussed before eliminating this cost altogether.
- Data center costs: Number of applications that can be moved to cloud environment.
- Software maintenance costs: Costs to run and maintain licenses for software required for specific applications.
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