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Cloud Sourcing the Business


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This presentation looks at what cloud computing is, what it can do in practice, it's future potential for businesses and some of the pitfalls to be aware of before cloud sourcing a project.

This presentation was given at the Web Directions South conference on 9 October 2009. It was delivered in the business track and was aimed at an audience that were relatively fresh to Cloud Computing or had limited experience.

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Cloud Sourcing the Business

  1. 1. Cloud Sourcing the Business Web Directions 9/10/2009
  2. 2.
  3. 3. What is Cloud Computing?
  4. 6. 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. This cloud model promotes availability and is comprised of five key characteristics, three delivery models, and four deployment models. - NIST Cloud Computing Working Definition
  5. 7. A Network based Service , that is available on demand such that the end consumer considers it not their problem
  6. 8. Where can we find clouds?
  7. 9. Public Clouds
  8. 10. Public clouds [Diagram of services such as EC2, Rackspace Cloud etc sitting out on the Internet and I consume them into my network]
  9. 11. Private Clouds
  10. 12. Private Clouds [Diagram of services provided internally within an organisation]
  11. 14. Hybrid Clouds [Diagram of services such as EC2, Rackspace Cloud etc sitting out on the Internet and I consume them into my network alongside private cloud offerings]
  12. 15. What can cloud computing do?
  13. 16. Service image
  14. 17. (Cloud stack diagram)
  15. 18. Infrastructure as a Service
  16. 19. Infrastructure as a Service (Image – huge rack of servers?)
  17. 20. Amazon Console, Elastic Fox screenshot and Go Grid Console
  18. 22. Using Infrastructure Services
  20. 25. Platform as a Service
  21. 26. (Image of platform)
  22. 28. Software as a Service
  23. 31. Data as a Service
  24. 33. Zappos Map screen shot
  25. 35. Cloud stack image again
  26. 36. The future of cloud computing (image of something futureful)
  27. 37. Manufacturing (mfr image)
  28. 38. Health Services Health image
  29. 39. Start up businesses Business image
  30. 40. Research / Science Research / science image
  31. 41. New Media New media image
  32. 42. New Markets New markets image
  33. 43. Geography Geography image
  34. 44. Warning Warning picture
  35. 45. “everything fails all the time. We lose whole datacenters! Those things happen.” - Werner Vogels, Amazon CTO
  36. 46. Service Level Agreements Picture of contracts?
  37. 47. Data Policies
  38. 49. How safe is your data?
  39. 50. How safe is my uptime?
  40. 51. Do I have any border concerns?
  41. 52. Not sure about pic – some kind of silver lining?
  42. 53. Start conclusion Some kind of disruption chart or upheaval?
  43. 54. Ticking Clock Image of ticking clock
  44. 55. Revolution
  45. 56. $ZERO
  46. 57. The time to be in market will be days and weeks not months or years
  47. 58. Infinite availability The flexibility & scalability of the services available will be virtually INFINITE
  48. 59. What can you do now to get started?
  49. 60. Cost Focussed business
  50. 61. Process Focussed business
  51. 62. Innovation Focussed business
  52. 63. Cloud Sourcing your Business Citrus Logo Andrew Fisher: email: [email_address] Twitter: @ajfisher Web: