Cloud Computing - A Gentle Introduction

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  • VAX 11/780 4 MB (yes mega) main memory. Disk storage sub-systems could attach the order of 100MB of memory.Price was $150,000 dollars.
  • Wikipedia just raised 16m last year in volunteer donations.If I wanted to share photos in ‘90s I needed a website, software, and the time to tell all my friends. Cost: several thousand euro and lots of time. Today flickr does this for 24 euro’s a month and facebook does it for free.
  • Computing was a trainExpensive to build (Track + stations)Expensive to run (trains + rolling stock)Only went places that had economic valueGoing new places was expensiveKey players, Microsoft, HP, Sun, IBM
  • Fast.Cheap.Go away.On Demand.Flexible.Just what you want.
  • Adjunct to, replacement for, new behaviours
  • Cloud Computing - A Gentle Introduction

    1. 1. Cloud Computing -A Gentle Introduction<br />Joe Drumgoole<br />Twitter: jdrumgoole<br />Blog: http://joedrumgoole.com/blog<br />
    2. 2. Nothing New Under the Sun<br />10-Jan-2011<br />A Gentle Introduction to Cloud Computing<br />2<br />
    3. 3. What is new with the Cloud?<br />Search<br />Media Sharing<br />Social Networking<br />Global Distribution<br />Ridiculously cheap storage and compute<br />Utilisation of Cognitive Surplus<br />10-Jan-2011<br />A Gentle Introduction to Cloud Computing<br />3<br />
    4. 4. The Old Distribution Method<br />10-Jan-2011<br />A Gentle Introduction to Cloud Computing<br />4<br />
    5. 5. The Dell Business Model<br />Swap all the 100 Watt Bulbs to 80 Watts<br />What’s cheaper than owning a computer?<br />Not owning a computer<br />10-Jan-2011<br />A Gentle Introduction to Cloud Computing<br />5<br />
    6. 6. Computing in the 90’s<br />10-Jan-2011<br />A Gentle Introduction to Cloud Computing<br />6<br />
    7. 7. Computing in Noughties<br />10-Jan-2011<br />A Gentle Introduction to Cloud Computing<br />7<br />
    8. 8. 10-Jan-2011<br />A Gentle Introduction to Cloud Computing<br />8<br />
    9. 9. Cloud Computing Terms<br />10-Jan-2011<br />A Gentle Introduction to Cloud Computing<br />9<br />
    10. 10. SaaS<br />Pay as you Go<br />Capex to Opex<br />No long term commitments<br />No hardware<br />No installation<br />No integration (usually)<br />10-Jan-2011<br />A Gentle Introduction to Cloud Computing<br />10<br />
    11. 11. Instead<br />Browser Wars<br />Plugin Wars<br />Data extraction concerns<br />Privacy and Security issues<br />Uptime<br />10-Jan-2011<br />A Gentle Introduction to Cloud Computing<br />11<br />
    12. 12. Business Models<br />Pure Play Pay : Salesforce.com<br />Freemium : Flickr, Evernote, Dial2Do<br />Advertising : Gmail<br />Hybrids of all the above<br />10-Jan-2011<br />A Gentle Introduction to Cloud Computing<br />12<br />
    13. 13. Conversion Ratios<br />10,000,000 Page Views<br />1,000,000 Registrations<br />100,000 users<br />1000 paying customers<br />Conversion ratios of 2-3% are average<br />10% is super stellar<br />10-Jan-2011<br />A Gentle Introduction to Cloud Computing<br />13<br />
    14. 14. Important to Remember<br />In advertising based business models you the user are the product<br />The product you use (e.g. Facebook) is the packaging<br />As an individual you have zero control<br />10-Jan-2011<br />A Gentle Introduction to Cloud Computing<br />14<br />
    15. 15. What does This Mean?<br />CAPEX -> OPEX<br />Asset free businesses<br />Low burn companies<br />Old IT rules don’t apply<br />Your customers are moving online<br />Cost bases are dropping<br />10-Jan-2011<br />A Gentle Introduction to Cloud Computing<br />15<br />
    16. 16. Direct Impacts<br />Statutory requirements for accounts<br />7 years recording keeping<br />Still a necessity for paper copies of everything<br />What is your cost ratio compared to others?<br />10-Jan-2011<br />A Gentle Introduction to Cloud Computing<br />16<br />
    17. 17. Specific Opportunities<br />Online Email : Google Apps<br />Document Sharing : Drop Box<br />Contact Management : SugarCRM<br />Project Management : Basecamp<br />Management Accounts : FreeAgentCentral, AccountsIQ<br />10-Jan-2011<br />A Gentle Introduction to Cloud Computing<br />17<br />
    18. 18. Summary<br />Its so cheap to compute your teeth will hurt<br />The desktop is dead<br />SaaS + mobile = Future<br />Microsoft Office + TAS Books may not be the only solution<br />10-Jan-2011<br />A Gentle Introduction to Cloud Computing<br />18<br />

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