Cloud Computing: Useful tool, or
            water vapor?

           August 4, 2010
National Association of Bar Executive...
Talk Overview

•Definitions
•How did we get here?
•Examples
•Advantages and Disadvantages
•Implementing Cloud Computing


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Definitions




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Definitions
•“Cloud” computing is the situation
 where resources (storage,
 processing, display) are contained
 offsite an...
How did we get here?
•Cloud computing depends on the
 following components:
 • Cheap hardware
 • Open Source operating sys...
Examples
•There are many different cloud
 companies - and many large companies
 have cloud computing efforts
•Cloud comput...
Examples, cont.
•There are 3 basic “cloud” flavors:
   • Cloud Services
   • Cloud Servers
   • Cloud Software
•Some Cloud...
Examples, cont.
•Services:
   • Email, Files, Calendaring
•Servers and Storage:
   • Iron (but virtual)
   • Backups
•Soft...
Google
•Google pretty much only exists in the
 cloud
•Google Apps (Services and Software):
•Cloud Mail, Calendaring,
 Coll...
11
12
13
14
Amazon
•Different kind of cloud provider
•Provides server resources
•Provides Unix and Windows servers
•You install and co...
16
17
Salesforce.com
•Salesforce.com is Software as a
 Service
•Originally a Salesforce Automation
 and Customer Service tool - ...
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20
Advantages of “The Cloud”
•Servers and Services:
 • No hardware to service
 • No hardware to buy
 • No hardware to break
 ...
Advantages of “The Cloud”
•Software
 • No custom software to maintain
 • For Commercial Software: Costs are
   comparable ...
Disadvantages of “The Cloud”
•Internet access required (cut off
 from mission-critical
 data/functionality if there is no
...
Other issues
•Security of data kept in the cloud can
 be both less secure, and more secure
 than data kept on-premises.
•W...
What’s next?
•Implementing Cloud servers, services,
 or software is very much like
 implementing any technology change
 in...
Overall Comments
•“The Cloud” is just water vapor -
 don’t buy the hype - don’t just move
 to the cloud because it’s the n...
Overall Comments
•If you are looking for a specific
 technology change (like a new
 CRM/Donor database, or a new email
 se...
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  1. 1. Cloud Computing: Useful tool, or water vapor? August 4, 2010 National Association of Bar Executives Michelle Murrain Director of Engineering, OpenIssue, LLC 1
  2. 2. Talk Overview •Definitions •How did we get here? •Examples •Advantages and Disadvantages •Implementing Cloud Computing 2
  3. 3. Definitions 3
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  5. 5. Definitions •“Cloud” computing is the situation where resources (storage, processing, display) are contained offsite and accessed through the internet •“Cloud” computing is a buzzword •“Cloud” computing could be called just as easily “Internet” computing 5
  6. 6. How did we get here? •Cloud computing depends on the following components: • Cheap hardware • Open Source operating systems and services (web servers, etc.) • Open Standards allowing easy data flow • In earlier days, we had the mainframe - but it was a silo 6
  7. 7. Examples •There are many different cloud companies - and many large companies have cloud computing efforts •Cloud computing is the hallmark of Web 2.0 •Both public and enterprise examples 7
  8. 8. Examples, cont. •There are 3 basic “cloud” flavors: • Cloud Services • Cloud Servers • Cloud Software •Some Cloud providers (especially Google) provide a mix 8
  9. 9. Examples, cont. •Services: • Email, Files, Calendaring •Servers and Storage: • Iron (but virtual) • Backups •Software: • Productivity • Financial • Fundraising 9
  10. 10. Google •Google pretty much only exists in the cloud •Google Apps (Services and Software): •Cloud Mail, Calendaring, Collaboration Tools, Productivity tools •Versions for public as well as enterprise •Very popular among organizations 10
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  15. 15. Amazon •Different kind of cloud provider •Provides server resources •Provides Unix and Windows servers •You install and configure for your own needs •Provides easy scalability •Inexpensive storage 15
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  18. 18. Salesforce.com •Salesforce.com is Software as a Service •Originally a Salesforce Automation and Customer Service tool - has now become much more broad •Different versions with different capabilities •Increasingly popular in nonprofits •Development platform for web- enabled databases 18
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  21. 21. Advantages of “The Cloud” •Servers and Services: • No hardware to service • No hardware to buy • No hardware to break • Lower electricity bills • No need for WAN • Ease of integration with other cloud tools 21
  22. 22. Advantages of “The Cloud” •Software • No custom software to maintain • For Commercial Software: Costs are comparable (or lower), but without hardware and hardware maintenance costs • Integration with other cloud tools is easier 22
  23. 23. Disadvantages of “The Cloud” •Internet access required (cut off from mission-critical data/functionality if there is no internet access) •Doesn’t integrate with on-premise tools well •Security compliance must be investigated •Data is not in-house 23
  24. 24. Other issues •Security of data kept in the cloud can be both less secure, and more secure than data kept on-premises. •Weigh software license fees with monthly Software-as-a-Service fees •Weigh hardware maintenance costs against monthly server CPU/Storage costs 24
  25. 25. What’s next? •Implementing Cloud servers, services, or software is very much like implementing any technology change in your organization: • What are the points of pain? • What are the needs of users? • What is the budget? • Will the proposed solution get the job done? 25
  26. 26. Overall Comments •“The Cloud” is just water vapor - don’t buy the hype - don’t just move to the cloud because it’s the next big thing. •That said, Cloud servers, services, and/or software might be a good solution to particular points of pain. 26
  27. 27. Overall Comments •If you are looking for a specific technology change (like a new CRM/Donor database, or a new email service, new data storage needs) don’t forget to look carefully at the Cloud options •At this point, there are cloud options for every mission-critical technology function that an organization needs. 27

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