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Knocking On Heavens Door The business reality of doing business in the cloud.
Who Am I? <ul><li>AJ McKee </li></ul><ul><li>Systems Manager for 10+ years </li></ul><ul><li>IT Manager for 5 </li></ul><u...
Cloud Computing <ul><li>Identify Your Needs </li></ul><ul><li>Locating a suitable provider </li></ul><ul><li>Working with ...
Identifying Cloud Needs <ul><li>Examine all aspects of the business </li></ul><ul><li>Talk to your teams and assess their ...
Finding a Provider <ul><li>Many providers already out there </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Amazon AWS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Go...
Finding a Provider <ul><li>Key to locating one is to let others do the work for you </li></ul><ul><li>Research their offer...
Finding a Provider <ul><li>Avoid the cool factors </li></ul><ul><li>Test, Test and then Test some more! </li></ul><ul><li>...
IT Departments & The Cloud <ul><li>Otherwise referred to as the FOG </li></ul><ul><li>Change will always be resisted </li>...
IT Departments & The Cloud <ul><li>Listen to them </li></ul><ul><li>Give them all their own instance </li></ul><ul><li>Ens...
IT Departments & The Cloud <ul><li>Treat Virtual Hosts as real machines </li></ul><ul><li>Apply your ITIL best practices t...
IT Departments & The Cloud <ul><li>Documentation </li></ul><ul><li>Documentation </li></ul><ul><li>Documentation </li></ul...
Costs <ul><li>All providers fairly upfront about costs </li></ul><ul><li>Think in Pounds, Yen, Euro, Dollars but not cents...
Costs <ul><li>Getting up and running can be expensive </li></ul><ul><li>Your own infrastructure needs to work </li></ul><u...
Costs <ul><li>Backups are needed don’t rely on the provider </li></ul><ul><li>Migration in costs </li></ul><ul><li>Migrati...
Some Tech Challenges <ul><li>Data Persistence </li></ul><ul><li>Redundancy  </li></ul><ul><li>DNS </li></ul><ul><li>Sharin...
Some Very Quick Wins <ul><li>Remote Monitoring </li></ul><ul><li>Sharing Large Files instead of mailing them </li></ul><ul...
Examples <ul><li>Video Processing Story Site </li></ul><ul><li>Training Systems </li></ul><ul><li>Application Testing Syst...
Questions
Contact <ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>+353 (0)86 380 50 70 </li></ul><ul><li>@ajmckee </li></ul><ul><li>Google...
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Knocking on Heavens Door - The Business Reality of Doing Business in the Cloud

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This presentation will demonstrate some everyday uses of cloud computing for business. It will cover such areas such as; Identification of Cloud needs, Finding a Provider, IT Departments & Clouds, Visible & Invisible Costs, Technical Challenges, Quick wins and some examples of companies using cloud based solutions.

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  1. 1. Knocking On Heavens Door The business reality of doing business in the cloud.
  2. 2. Who Am I? <ul><li>AJ McKee </li></ul><ul><li>Systems Manager for 10+ years </li></ul><ul><li>IT Manager for 5 </li></ul><ul><li>Consultant and contractor </li></ul><ul><li>Founding Member of Rush Hour Analytics </li></ul>
  3. 3. Cloud Computing <ul><li>Identify Your Needs </li></ul><ul><li>Locating a suitable provider </li></ul><ul><li>Working with your IT department </li></ul><ul><li>Hidden Costs </li></ul><ul><li>Technical Challenges </li></ul><ul><li>Quick Wins </li></ul><ul><li>Questions </li></ul>
  4. 4. Identifying Cloud Needs <ul><li>Examine all aspects of the business </li></ul><ul><li>Talk to your teams and assess their needs </li></ul><ul><li>Find the quick wins on non essential services first </li></ul><ul><li>Identify your current virtual offerings </li></ul><ul><li>Resist the BORG approach to assimilate everything </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t be afraid of thinking outside the box </li></ul>
  5. 5. Finding a Provider <ul><li>Many providers already out there </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Amazon AWS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Google App Engine </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hosting 365 (Irish Too  ) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sales Force </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Go Grid </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Level 3 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Joyent </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Finding a Provider <ul><li>Key to locating one is to let others do the work for you </li></ul><ul><li>Research their offerings </li></ul><ul><li>Find out what the developer community is saying </li></ul><ul><li>PAYG Model is best at the start </li></ul>
  7. 7. Finding a Provider <ul><li>Avoid the cool factors </li></ul><ul><li>Test, Test and then Test some more! </li></ul><ul><li>Assess their Capabilities </li></ul><ul><li>Identify Potential Legal Issues </li></ul><ul><li>Identify all the costs, not just the compute unit cost </li></ul>
  8. 8. IT Departments & The Cloud <ul><li>Otherwise referred to as the FOG </li></ul><ul><li>Change will always be resisted </li></ul><ul><li>You have to get buy in from them </li></ul><ul><li>Outline the disadvantages as well as the advantages to them </li></ul>
  9. 9. IT Departments & The Cloud <ul><li>Listen to them </li></ul><ul><li>Give them all their own instance </li></ul><ul><li>Ensure they KISS </li></ul><ul><li>Assign each member a primary cloud role </li></ul><ul><li>Act as secondary to another </li></ul>
  10. 10. IT Departments & The Cloud <ul><li>Treat Virtual Hosts as real machines </li></ul><ul><li>Apply your ITIL best practices to the Cloud </li></ul><ul><li>Appoint a SW Dev Liaison and Vice Versa </li></ul><ul><li>Give them time to get their heads around things </li></ul>
  11. 11. IT Departments & The Cloud <ul><li>Documentation </li></ul><ul><li>Documentation </li></ul><ul><li>Documentation </li></ul><ul><li>More Documentation </li></ul><ul><li>Always make sure you have some </li></ul>
  12. 12. Costs <ul><li>All providers fairly upfront about costs </li></ul><ul><li>Think in Pounds, Yen, Euro, Dollars but not cents! </li></ul><ul><li>Bigger is not better! </li></ul><ul><li>Do the math first then set yourself an Upper Limit </li></ul>
  13. 13. Costs <ul><li>Getting up and running can be expensive </li></ul><ul><li>Your own infrastructure needs to work </li></ul><ul><li>You will find you repeat certain things </li></ul><ul><li>Its not Fire & Forget, once in, it must be maintained </li></ul>
  14. 14. Costs <ul><li>Backups are needed don’t rely on the provider </li></ul><ul><li>Migration in costs </li></ul><ul><li>Migration out costs more usually </li></ul><ul><li>Security, Auditing, Disaster Recover etc, all need to be done in the cloud too. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Some Tech Challenges <ul><li>Data Persistence </li></ul><ul><li>Redundancy </li></ul><ul><li>DNS </li></ul><ul><li>Sharing Data between nodes </li></ul><ul><li>Node awareness </li></ul><ul><li>Transferring large datasets quickly </li></ul>
  16. 16. Some Very Quick Wins <ul><li>Remote Monitoring </li></ul><ul><li>Sharing Large Files instead of mailing them </li></ul><ul><li>Run a WIKI </li></ul><ul><li>Remote Hot Site </li></ul>
  17. 17. Examples <ul><li>Video Processing Story Site </li></ul><ul><li>Training Systems </li></ul><ul><li>Application Testing Systems </li></ul><ul><li>Automated Build Systems </li></ul><ul><li>Rush Hour Data Collectors </li></ul>
  18. 18. Questions
  19. 19. Contact <ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>+353 (0)86 380 50 70 </li></ul><ul><li>@ajmckee </li></ul><ul><li>Google AJ McKee </li></ul><ul><li>http://rushhouranlytics.com </li></ul><ul><li>http://aj.mc-kee.com </li></ul>
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