Intro to Cloud Computing


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Intro to Cloud Computing

  1. 1. Hello, my name is Wyn. <ul><li>Who am I? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fox Consulting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tech lover </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Obsessive user </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Who am I not? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Expert </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>IT professional </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Programmer </li></ul></ul>
  2. 2. Cloud Computing What are we getting ourselves into? &quot;The computer industry is the only industry that is more fashion-driven than women's fashion. Maybe I'm an idiot, but I have no idea what anyone is talking about. What is it? It's complete gibberish. It's insane. When is this idiocy going to stop?&quot;    -- Larry Ellison, CEO of Oracle Oracle's website has over 108,000 search results for &quot;cloud computing&quot;
  3. 3. &quot;The buzz around cloud computing has reached a fever pitch.   Some believe it is a disruptive trend representing the next stage in the evolution of the Internet.   Others believe it is hype, as it uses long established computing technologies.   As with any new trend in the IT world, organizations must figure out the benefits and risks of cloud computing and the best way to use this technology.&quot;   - The Open Cloud Manifesto All the rage
  4. 4. All the rage <ul><ul><li>NPR, March 27 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Future Tense, April 1 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Star Tribune, April 12  </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>MN High Tech Association spring conference, April 15 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>CloudCamp Minneapolis, April 18 </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. What am I doing here? <ul><li>1. Description </li></ul><ul><li>What is cloud computing? </li></ul><ul><li>2. Implications </li></ul><ul><li>What does cloud computing mean? </li></ul><ul><li>3. Outlook </li></ul><ul><li>Where is cloud computing taking us? </li></ul>
  6. 6. e.g.
  7. 7. Sign up
  8. 8. mail clients web browsers operating systems devices Use it
  9. 9. Pay no attention ...
  10. 10. Google Data Center, The Dalles, Oregon (photo by Toshihiko Katsuda ) Google's custom server, likely outdated (photo by Stephen Shankland )
  11. 11. What is cloud computing?
  12. 12. What do they say is? Gartner   &quot;a style of computing where scalable and elastic IT-enabled capabilities are provided 'as a service' to external customers using Internet technologies&quot; IDC Research &quot;an emerging IT development, deployment and delivery model, enabling real-time delivery of products, services and solutions over the Internet.&quot;
  13. 13. No really, what is it? <ul><li>A confluence of many technologies  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>An architectural trend </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Not a checklist of properties </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Centralized resources, distributed access </li></ul>
  14. 14. 3 types of cloud services <ul><li>Applications (SaaS) are used to do stuff. </li></ul><ul><li>Google Apps, Mobile Me, Salesforce, Zoho, Facebook </li></ul>Platforms (PaaS) are used to build stuff. Google App Engine,, Microsoft Azure, Facebook Infrastructures (IaaS) provide a means for stuff. Amazon S3, Amazon EC2, Go Grid, FlexiScale
  15. 15. Questions so far?
  16. 16. What's so great?
  17. 17. Streamline data centers <ul><li>Reduce personnel, facility, hardware and software purchases and maintenance </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Minimizes user hardware requirements </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Energy saving (maybe)  </li></ul>Minimize startup costs Capital investments become operational investments
  18. 18. Scalable on demand <ul><li>Avoid over-investment in capacity </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Pay for what you use </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Up and down </li></ul>
  19. 19. Improve processes <ul><li>Share data </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Network effect </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce focus from infrastructure </li></ul>
  20. 20. What's the catch?
  21. 21. Security <ul><li>Your data, under someone else's watch </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Shared infrastructure </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Standards compliance </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Transparency of providers becomes critical </li></ul>
  22. 22. Data and application interoperability <ul><li>Needed to merge provider capabilities </li></ul>Data and application portability Lock-in   Standardized interfaces as the solution
  23. 23. Governance and management Migration to the cloud means a major shift for most organizations Metering and monitoring Consistent performance data   Compatibility with existing monitoring systems.
  24. 24. A few more problems <ul><li>Requires connectivity </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Application feature set </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Wasted desktop computing power </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Support  </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>High barrier created by network effect? </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Not always cheaper </li></ul>
  25. 25. Where is this headed? <ul><li>Adoption </li></ul><ul><li>Leaner, more mobile devices </li></ul><ul><li>Open infrastructures and platforms will succeed </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Open Cloud Manifesto </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Lowered barriers to entry means increased supply </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Entrepreneurial developers can bring big ideas with small resources to scale quickly and efficiently </li></ul></ul>
  26. 26. Add it up <ul><li>The technologies that comprise cloud computing have been around a while </li></ul><ul><li>Cloud computing is no longer the sole property of large IT departments </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Recent explosion in popularity of consumer applications creates high demand for cloud services </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>As consumers put more of their data online, there are both costs and benefits associated with the choice </li></ul>
  27. 27. Thanks for listening