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What is cloud computing?


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What is cloud computing? Breakfast briefing for Impact 21. Dunfermline, Scotland. 31st May 2011

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What is cloud computing?

  1. 1. What exactly is cloud computing?<br />And where do I find it?<br />
  2. 2. Cloud computing is about moving stuff online<br />
  3. 3. Who’s got their own power plant?<br />
  4. 4. From here on…<br />Computing resources will be increasingly online<br />They will become ubiquitous – you will access them like you do electricity. Just switch on. Or off.<br />
  5. 5. How we are today (in general)<br />Local computers<br />Servers to buy and manage<br />Software to buy, manage and update locally<br />Manage gateways for remote access (or not)<br />
  6. 6. How we will be<br />Someone else manages the servers – we pay for what we use<br />Capacity can be upgraded/downgraded on the fly<br />Software updates happen incrementally and without any input from us. We’re always up to date<br />We can access all our data from anywhere – via desktop PC, laptop, mobile phone. And it’s always in sync. Change a document on your phone and it’s changed when you access it from your desktop<br />
  7. 7. Resources<br />Data<br />Applications<br />Cloud(online)<br />Services<br />Infrastructure<br />
  8. 8. The history of computing on one slide<br />1981<br />1970s<br />1957<br />
  9. 9. You’re probably already using cloud services<br />
  10. 10. What are the benefits of cloud computing? <br />
  11. 11. Financial<br />Reduce costs – Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)<br />Large scale infrastructure bring economies of scale<br />Elastic computing – only buy what you need<br />Software as a Service (SaaS) – pay for what you need<br />
  12. 12. Accessibility<br />Do anything, anywhere<br />Your office<br />Their office<br />Your mobile phone<br />An internet café<br />In this country<br />In any country<br />If you can access the internet you can access your workspace<br />
  13. 13. Flexibility<br />You can scale quickly<br />Need more server space? Get it in minutes<br />Need less server space – scale back<br />Need more software user spaces? Easy<br />Need fewer? Downgrade your subscription<br />Need a different type of software for one person? Try before you buy and get it in minutes.<br />Less of – I’ll check that when I get back to the office<br />More of – I can do that now<br />
  14. 14. OK – what are the risks?<br />
  15. 15. Security, Privacy, Reliability<br />Unauthorised access to cloud data<br />Loss of data<br />Loss of access to the internet<br />Hosting location (data protection issues)<br />Security of hosting organisation<br />It’s a question of balancing risk with reward<br />
  16. 16. What should I do now?<br />
  17. 17. Next steps<br />Find out more about cloud computing<br />Assess what it can do for your business<br />Talk to the experts about how you make the big moves<br />
  18. 18. And in the future?<br />Increasing amounts of data collected which will influence the way we live<br />Layering of data – augmented reality<br />Ability to communicate with customers based on their location<br />
  19. 19. Florizel Media<br /><br />
  20. 20. This list is not exhaustive. By a long way…!<br />Resources<br />
  21. 21. Cloud resources you can use now<br />Office Apps<br />Google Apps<br />Google Docs<br />Microsoft Web Apps<br />Zoho<br />Graphics<br />Aviary<br />Photoshop Express<br />Pixlr<br />Meetings<br />Adobe Connect<br />Lotus Live<br />WebEx<br />CRM, Projects<br />Clarizen<br />Huddle<br />Salesforce<br />Basecamp<br />More<br />
  22. 22. More cloud resources…<br />Backup and Storage<br /><br />Dropbox<br />Carbonite<br />Amazon S3<br />Website and blogging<br />Blogger<br />Google sites<br />Moonfruit<br />Wordpress<br />eMailing<br />Mailchimp<br />Webservices<br />Google checkout<br />Google translate<br />PayPal<br />RBSWorldpay<br />Event management<br />Eventbrite<br />Yet more<br />
  23. 23. Reading matter<br />A brief guide to cloud computing - Amazon<br />What is cloud computing? – Guardian Report<br />European Union Report on cloud computing<br />Cloud Computing Journal<br />Cloud computing terms you should know (Tech Republic)<br />Is the cloud green? Silicon Republic<br />