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  • The history of technology is characterized by periods of particularly rapid evolution. The adoption of the PC by businesses in the 90s dramatically altered the staid, mainframe/mini-computer dominated world of enterprise IT and empowered individuals to apply technology creatively and broadly across business to the point where – today – it’s almost unimaginable to consider working without a PC. In the middle of the 1990s the Web emerged, and a whole generation of Internet-facing Web applications, both Internet, and intranet within a corporation, were built using HTML and Web servers. And we see many, many thousands, hundreds of thousands of these being written every year. It is still a core model that people use for building modern applications. In the early 2000s Web services and SOA (Service-Oriented Architecture) enabled applications to communicate over standard-based Web protocols, be it Web services, or REST-based protocols, and this is also very popular particularly because it promotes the ideal of assembling – or composing – more complex solutions from simpler parts. In fact, it is a core building block for how we think about the Azure services platform. There are many advantages to the services model particularly with the immediacy of global reach, the ease of provisioning and, of course, allowing a 3 rd party with the greater expertise to run the computers, networks, data-centers and software on my behalf. However, there are many advantages to running software on premises too. Principally, the ability to tailor the software to most effectively address specific business needs and the level of privacy and control that can only be guaranteed when the software and data are within my control. The cloud platform builds on previous platform generations but it is a fundamentally different approach and it has its own unique advantages.
  • Cloud computing is a pay-per-use model for enabling available, convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications, services) that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction. -- National Institute of Standards and Technology, Information Technology Lab
  • Cloud Computing: Both the applications delivered as services over Internet and the hardware and systems software in datacenters that provide those services. Cloud: The datacenter hardware and software.
  • Benefits
  • We are looking at migrating specific applications to the cloud starting with our Billing applications and potentially the GL as we see greater adoption within the market

Voac technology symposium sept 28 Voac technology symposium sept 28 Presentation Transcript

  • Moving to the Cloud Volunteers of America Chesapeake, Inc. Technology Symposium September 28th 2010
  • What we will cover today…
    • What is Cloud computing and what it means to you?
    • Software-as-a-Service implementations at Chesapeake
      • Microsoft Business Productivity Online Solution (BPOS)/ Exchange online
      • KnowledgeTree document management solution
    • Our roadmap: - Infrastructure-as-a-Service & application migration to cloud
  • What is the cloud?
  • What is Cloud Computing? Sources: “ A Break in the Clouds: Towards a Cloud Definition”, 2009; Vaquero, Rodero-Merino, Caceres, Linder "Above the Clouds: A Berkley View of Cloud Computing", 2009; UC Berkley Reliable Adaptive Distributed Systems Laboratory “ Clearing the air on cloud computing”, 2009; McKinsey & Company
  • Microsoft BPOS/ Exchange online
    • Migrated e-mail to a cloud environment with assistance of NPower DC. RFP to Google & Microsoft.
    • Scalability, cost reduction and ease of management
    • $3000/month ongoing savings
    • Outsourced e-mail migration to NPower
    • As easy as your personal Gmail or Yahoo accounts with look and feel of your Outlook
  • KnowledgeTree document management
    • Accounting AP, Invoices, cash receipts, document storage and archival solution
    • Hosted on Amazon Webservices
    • Eliminated 2 audit findings related to document management with this $4000/year solution (20 users/100 GB capacity)
    • Improved workflow with contract billing
    • As easy accessing your photos on Flikr or Picasa
  • Roadmap
  • Questions? Shyam Desigan CFO Volunteers of America Chesapeake [email_address]