Clarifying Cloud Computing
André Meyer - Cloud Solutions
19th Oct 2010 Canadian Chamber of Commerce
Run our business 100% in the Cloud
EMail, Calendar, Video, Chat
PBX - VoIP Phone system
Virtual File Servers + Desktops
"Cloud Computing is defined as a
computer paradigm in which tasks are
assigned to a combination of
connections, software and services
accessed over a network. This network of
servers and connections is collectively
known as "the cloud".
"Internet-based computing that enables
users at home or office computers to
transfer data to a remote data center for
storage and processing".
As a metaphor for the Internet, "the
IaaS - Cloud infrastructure services, also
known as "Infrastructure as a Service ",
delivers computer infrastructure -
typically a platform virtualization
SaaS -software as a service
Lowered Costs – Cloud Computing offers tremendous
advantages to small and medium size business in terms of
reduced costs. You pay for what you use.
e.g. Google Apps - <US$5 per month / user
PBX - US$9.95 per month
CRM from US$12 per month / user
Scalable Storage Options – You can scale your
companies storage needs seamlessly rather than having to go
out and purchase expensive hardware.
Automatic Updates – There is no need for IT to worry
about paying for future updates in terms of software and
Remote Access – Employees can access information
wherever they are, rather than having to
remain stationary much of the
Green Computing - Cloud Computing uses less
energy than traditional data centers which is important to
many in this day and age.
Ease of Implementation – Without the need for
implementation of hardware and various other components
which can take several hours. You can be running your
business in almost as much time as it takes to setup a
Facebook account. There is no need for IT to worry about
paying for future updates in terms of software and hardware.
Skilled Vendors – Would you rather these guys manage
and protect your data – Microsoft, Google, IBM, Yahoo, Sales
Force and Amazon or an incompetent over paid IT staff?
Response time – Cloud computing accomplishes a better
response time in most cases than your standard server
Even Playing Field for small start-ups – This
allows small companies to compete more effectively with
some of the larger businesses. This balances the playing field.
Performance and Durability - Run your websites
and SaaS applications at a much faster rate with the benefits
of using a much more durable service.