Going to the Cloud: Ask the Expert Webcast

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Confused by “weather” or not to go to the cloud? You're not alone! We promise to demystify “the Cloud” and discuss the various options available for software today. You’ll walk away with a new understanding of:
• “The Cloud” and why it is important.
• Available options in hosting services, as well as, the risks and benefits of each.
• The top 3 questions to consider before you implement

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Going to the Cloud: Ask the Expert Webcast

  1. 1. WELCOME!What You Need To Know About “The Cloud”
  2. 2. About Sage3rd largest ERP solution provider to businesses worldwide The Sage Group, plc. (London: SGE.L)6.2 Million Customers Worldwide Over 32,000 Unique Not-For-Profit Customers in North America 2
  3. 3. Our Speaker Grant Howe Vice President of R&D Sage Nonprofit Solutions 15+ years in Software Development 30 years experience with Nonprofits Boy Scouts of America, Sig Tau Alumni Association Board Member Favorite food: Italian (anything with Alfredo sauce) @geekbyte if you want to tweet nice things @darthvader if you want to use the dark side 3
  4. 4. AGENDA• What Is “The Cloud”?• Where Is My Server?• What Is Virtualization?• What Is Metered Use?• Why Should I Care? 4
  5. 5. Everyone Is Talking About It 5
  6. 6. What Is “The Cloud”? 6
  7. 7. Where Is My Server?• You just can’t hug a cloud server “I am the cloud” Example of “blackbox” server Inside a server container 7 Image courtesy of tomshardware.com
  8. 8. Where is my server?“Trailer Park” Roofless Cloud Datacenter Concept 8 Image courtesy of tomshardware.com
  9. 9. Container o’ servers! 9
  10. 10. Cloud PrimerWHAT IS VIRTUALIZATION 10
  11. 11. Before Virtualization• 1:1 relationship between servers / hardware• Memory / disk space / CPU tied to single server• Lots of servers….• Lots of waste… 11
  12. 12. After Virtualization• Many:1 relationship between servers / hardware• Memory / disk space / CPU shared across sets of servers• Fewer and bigger servers to manage….• Resource optimization…• Dell PowerEdge Blade Enclosure• 16 Hardware “blades”• Up to 8 CPU “cores” each• Its possible to run 128 servers in several square feet of space….. 12
  13. 13. What Magic is this?• How do we fool many servers in to using the same hardware?• How do we assure they play nice and the resources are allocated appropriately?• Introducing the magic of the “Hyper-Visor” 13
  14. 14. What is a Hyper-Visor• A thin layer of magic software paint• Fools the operating system (Windows, etc.)• Manages allocation of resources• Manages fault tolerance• Provides a management interface to create and manage virtual servers Magic Paint -> 14
  15. 15. How did we get to Cloud fromVirtualization?• Traditional virtualization still required in house servers• People saw the value of having more small servers• We all began buying bigger hardware• But the number of virtual servers skyrocketed….• So we bought more hardware....• A vicious cycle!• We have more hardware than ever before to manage and its even more critical than it used to be. 15
  16. 16. The Cloud is Born• Amazon had built their own Private massive virtualized environment• They figured out how to build a massive hypervisor network that spanned all of their data centers• It was a key business need for their growth to be able to scale quickly and efficiently on a massive scale• Whoa, we could “rent” our computing power to other companies! $$$$$• Amazon EC2 and S3 were born as metered use offerings to the general Public 16
  17. 17. The Cloud is Born 17
  18. 18. Different Types of CloudsPRIVATE CLOUD 18
  19. 19. Private Clouds• Pool of resources that are solely yours to allocate• Most like the “Family Plan” we all know – No one outside your family can share that pool of minutes, but you don’t get to use more than your total pool of minutes.• Best for: servers that have stable resource usage• Can be expensive if not fully utilizing resources 19
  20. 20. Private Cloud Providers• Infrastructure as a service (IaaS)• Offer dedicated hardware• Sage Nonprofit partners with Rackspace on Sage Nonprofit Online 20
  21. 21. Different Types of CloudsPUBLIC CLOUD 21
  22. 22. Public Clouds• Shared resources and/or bandwidth• Like a phone plan where you share minutes with your entire city, a “Neighborhood Plan”• Best for: when you need to scale internet facing servers, like web servers• Pay premium for flexibility and burst capacity• Example: “The Oprah Effect” 22
  23. 23. Public Cloud Providers• Infrastructure as a service (IaaS)• Platform as a Service (PaaS)• Shared hardware only• Saleslogix and Sage One hosted on Amazon EC2• Watch for new Sage offerings on Windows Azure 23
  24. 24. Different Types of CloudsHYBRID CLOUD 24
  25. 25. Hybrid Clouds• Creating a link between both a Public and Private Cloud so they can work together• If you could have a “Family Plan” and “Neighborhood Plan” on your phone and choose to which plan to charge the minutes – You could be more conservative with your dedicated minutes and more generous with the shared ones.• Best for: when you need to scale some services (web, fundraising) but not others (reporting, backend database)• “Buy the base, rent the spike” 25
  26. 26. SAGE IN THE CLOUD 26
  27. 27. www.SageNonprofit.com/SageNonprofitOnline 27
  28. 28. Contact Information• Listen to this webcast here.• Connect with Grant via email at Grant (dot) Howe (at) Sage (dot) com or Twitter @geekbyte• Connect with Sage – www.SageNonprofit.com – Email nps <at> sage <dot> com – Download the presentation and handouts from www.slideshare.net/sagenonprofit – Read a follow up blog, http://www.SageWords.net. 28

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