Walking In Clouds Thunderbolts Are Opportunities

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Presented at Interop, Mumbai -2009.
Due to its unique model, clouds are being loved by techies and businessmen alike. However, clouds also present unique challenges such as dependency on Internet connectivity, vendor lock-in, vendor infrastructure as a single point of failure as well as lack of control over the SaaS software release schedule. That said, each of these challenges can be effectively tackled. For instance, Internet connectivity challenges can be addressed by means of caching devices, while "Cloud Virtualizers" can help in addressing vendor lock-in and vendor infrastructure as a single point of failure. The goal of this session is to make the audience aware of the opportunities, while effectively tackling cloud-related challenges.

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Walking In Clouds Thunderbolts Are Opportunities

  1. 1. WALKING IN THE CLOUDS? THUNDERBOLTS ARE OPPORTUNITIES! Abhinav Jawadekar
  2. 2. What is cloud? <ul><li>Different people different answers </li></ul><ul><li>Wikipedia definition (description?) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cloud computing is a paradigm of computing in which dynamically scalable and often virtualized resources are provided as a service over the internet </li></ul></ul>Sound Paradigm Proprietary and Confidential (c) 2009
  3. 3. Advantages of cloud <ul><li>Pay-per-use model with very little or no upfront investment </li></ul><ul><li>Increased time-to-market </li></ul><ul><li>Reduced size of engineering and support teams </li></ul><ul><li>Scalability </li></ul><ul><li>Availability of building blocks reducing development complexity </li></ul><ul><li>Business </li></ul><ul><li>Technology </li></ul>Sound Paradigm Proprietary and Confidential (c) 2009
  4. 4. Thunderbolts <ul><li>Significant email service outage from a leader in various cloud technologies despite of several server farms distributed across most of the continents </li></ul><ul><li>Sudden changes in the behavior of user interface due to new release of AJAX API being accessed using the SaaS model </li></ul><ul><li>A discovery that the cloud service hosting the website is migrating to a new interface that does not support many of the features being used by the website </li></ul><ul><li>And some more…. </li></ul>Sound Paradigm Proprietary and Confidential (c) 2009
  5. 5. Issues with cloud model <ul><li>Huge dependencies on cloud service provider or vendor lock-in </li></ul><ul><li>Limited control over contract </li></ul><ul><li>Ownership of data/ information/ operation </li></ul><ul><li>Security of data/ information in flight and at rest </li></ul><ul><li>Little or no control over vendor’s schedule </li></ul><ul><li>Proprietary technologies specifically developed for particular cloud services </li></ul><ul><li>Cloud service or vendor infrastructure as a single point of failure </li></ul><ul><li>Changes in the cloud service or even a new release of SaaS might need updates to your technology </li></ul><ul><li>Business </li></ul><ul><li>Technology </li></ul>Sound Paradigm Proprietary and Confidential (c) 2009
  6. 6. <ul><li>Strategy to move business operations to a different setup (another cloud service provider or own data center) </li></ul><ul><li>Ensuring that you have the data/information with you in a form that can be transferred to alternate setup or restored in case of data loss by cloud provider </li></ul><ul><li>Security and ownership of your data </li></ul><ul><li>Strategy for porting the technology to a different setup (another cloud service provider or own data center) </li></ul>Cloud Service: Analyzing the risks Operations Data/Information Technology
  7. 7. Opportunities <ul><li>Escrow and insurance services </li></ul><ul><li>Cloud Virtualizers </li></ul><ul><li>Connectors between different cloud service providers as well as cloud and data center </li></ul><ul><li>Caching devices or software </li></ul><ul><li>Cloud Services with standards based APIs </li></ul><ul><li>Business </li></ul><ul><li>Technology </li></ul>Sound Paradigm Proprietary and Confidential (c) 2009
  8. 8. Cloud Virtualizer Sound Paradigm Proprietary and Confidential (c) 2009 Vendor A Vendor B Virtualizer Client
  9. 9. Cloud Connectors <ul><li>Scripts/tools to upload/download data to/from cloud </li></ul><ul><li>Custom tools or scripts to migrate between LAMP (Linux/Apache/MySQL/PHP) stack or n-tier data-center to cloud service such as Google Application Engine </li></ul><ul><li>Using cloud service for Disaster Recovery </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Data Recovery using cloud backup </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>App Recovery (Simply Continuous AppAlive) </li></ul></ul>Sound Paradigm Proprietary and Confidential (c) 2009
  10. 10. Cloud Caching Device or Software <ul><li>Caches data locally for faster access or providing service despite of interrupted internet connectivity </li></ul><ul><li>Google gears – offline gmail feature </li></ul><ul><li>Nirvanix CloudNAS </li></ul>Sound Paradigm Proprietary and Confidential (c) 2009
  11. 11. Conclusion <ul><li>Cloud Services are as real as the internet </li></ul><ul><li>There are many challenges with the cloud model </li></ul><ul><li>With appropriate risk analysis and mitigation, cloud could be the most pragmatic solution </li></ul>Sound Paradigm Proprietary and Confidential (c) 2009
  12. 12. <ul><li>Abhinav Jawadekar </li></ul><ul><li>+919890264391 </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>www.soundparadigm.com </li></ul>Thank you! Sound Paradigm Proprietary and Confidential (c) 2009

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