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Have you heard of cloud computing? Well you should of! Cloud computing is not something that is new, it has been around for a few years now. This presentation helps readers to understand what cloud computing is and how a business should use it.

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Cloud computing

  1. 1. Introduction to Cloud Computing Ian Summerfield
  2. 2. What is Cloud Computing? Delivering a Software application(s) to a user over the internet from a centrally hosted source. The computer processors are no longer under your desk but in the internet cloud. First suggested 44 years ago. 2
  3. 3. How we arrived here ASP – Application Service Provider Late 1990’s first examples of internet based computing but tech bubble burst and their were a number of technical limitations. Broadband During the early 2000’s the cost of business internet connections fell dramatically with the introduction of broadband. Now reliable high speed internet connections are standard in business no matter what the size of the company. Web 2.0 The way that we interact with the internet has changed dramatically in the past 5 years. Whether it is networking sites such as Bebo, My Space and Facebook or purchasing music through iTunes, we all use the internet every day and it has become just another tool in the way we work, live and play. Cloud Computing is just a part of this bigger, better internet. 3
  4. 4. Local Power Generation Centralised Power Generation Local Processing Centralised Processing 4
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  6. 6. What are the main benefits of cloud computing? No CAPEX -Pay as you go Easy adoption – can be purchased by non technical staff Freedom – web based, access from anywhere Value – typically 25-50% cheaper than traditional IT Simplicity – no complex servers or IT infrastructure Scalability – add or remove users as your business changes 6
  7. 7. What can cloud computing bring to my business? Hold onto cash Adopt new services with little risk Fixed budget Lower costs No complex set up Remove reliance on IT staff/contractors Keep up to date with latest services 7
  8. 8. Is it a fad? There is a lot of hype around Cloud Computing Cloud computing is happening, it’s “when” not “if”……….. New trends will come but cloud computing is staying It will be harder to avoid cloud computing than to adopt it Half of UK SMEs to be in the cloud by 2011 Plans to implement Cloud Computing up by 2/3 in last 15 months Microsoft are focusing whole business on Cloud Computing 8
  9. 9. What should I look at now? Hosted CRM –, Microsoft Dynamics Hosted Accounts Systems – Sage Online 50 Social Media – LinkedIn Hosted Desktop – Optim IP Limited 9
  10. 10. Optim IP offer Free copy of National Computer Centre – Cloud Computing Guidelines (£100) Free Hosted Desktop trial – 14 days 10% off Hosted Desktop service. 10