Integrating the cloud into your web operations


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Presented by Mike Richwalsky at the J.Boye Conference presented in Philadelphia, May 2010.

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Integrating the cloud into your web operations

  1. 1. Integrating the cloud into your web operations<br />Mike Richwalsky, John Carroll University<br />Photo by Marco Fulle <br />
  2. 2. Hello, my name is…<br />Director of Marketing Services, John Carroll University<br />Technology Fellow, NITLE<br />Blog:<br />FB/TWIT: mrichwalsky<br />
  3. 3. Go Pens.<br />
  4. 4. What is the cloud?<br />Use of external infrastructure to solve internal technology issues and needs<br />Use resources only as you need them<br />Scale up and down quickly and easily<br />Pay only for what you use.<br />
  5. 5. Why look to the cloud?<br />
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  7. 7. Old and busted.<br />
  8. 8. New hotness.<br />
  9. 9. It can cost less to take advantage of external infrastructure than building your own from scratch, especially for short-term projects.<br />
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  11. 11. It’s not all or nothing. <br />
  12. 12. How to Integrate the cloud<br />Since our time is limited, let’s look at 3 ways you can start using the cloud today in your web development, marketing and communications efforts. <br />
  13. 13. Content Delivery<br />Speed and reliability<br />Geo-targeting<br />Bandwidth + access are cheap<br />Asset hosting+CMS<br />
  14. 14. Which elements are cloud served?<br />
  15. 15. Which elements are cloud served?<br />Images<br />CSS<br />jQuery<br />javascripts<br />
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  17. 17. Case Study: Allegheny College<br />
  18. 18. Case Study, Allegheny College<br />Need to provide high quality video experience for fundraising effort<br />Outsourced video hosting to Amazon S3<br />Site handled initial load+long tail<br />Total Cost: $9<br />
  19. 19. CMS User Assets<br />On-campus: finite storage<br />Cloud: limitless storage<br />Security for uploaded content<br />Served quickly and efficiently<br />CMS Plugins:<br />WordPress<br />Joomla<br />Drupal Module<br />
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  21. 21. Rapid Development<br />Software evaluation<br />Testing<br />Build out<br />
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  23. 23. Case Study, Pace University<br />ePortfolio Platform Testing + Buildout<br />Started Amazon EC2 server to develop on before launching production environment on campus<br />Total cost: ~$60<br />
  24. 24. Backup to the cloud<br />Yes, your IT team do backups<br />More is always better<br />Cloud storage + bandwidth is inexpensive<br />
  25. 25. Backup WordPress Blog/CMS<br />
  26. 26. Backup WordPress Blog/CMS<br />
  27. 27. Backup your web server to S3<br />Command-line scripts and tools written in a variety of languages<br />PHP, Python, Ruby, Perl and more<br />Control to just backup web content and/or MySQL databases<br />Zipped up, these are small and cheap to move and store<br />
  28. 28. Command line backups<br />
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  30. 30. Security<br />Your data and services are only as secure as you make them. <br />If data and processes on your campus are not secure, your cloud data and processes will not be secure.<br />
  31. 31. Not everything is cloud worthy<br />Sensitive student data<br />Bandwidth intensive apps<br />Anything else you feel should not be there?<br />
  32. 32. Quick Cloud Project Checklist<br />What is the duration of your project?<br />What type of service do you need<br />Remember the cloud is better at some things than others<br />Amount of data you need to move in and out<br />You often pay for both upload and download<br />