GeekSpeak: Cloud Computing


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A brief overview of cloud computing presented as a part of Kathy Gill's COM585-A Managing Your Web Presence: Strategic Digital Platform Fundamentals class as a part of the MCDM program at the University of Washington on Wednesday, November 14, 2012. By Dawn Quinn.

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GeekSpeak: Cloud Computing

  1. 1. GeekSpeak:Cloud Computing Dawn Quinn MCDM Kathy Gill, COM585-A November 14, 2012
  2. 2. What is cloud computing?The “cloud” is a metaphor for the amorphous spacethat is the Internet, which is often depicted with acloud-shaped symbol.Thus, cloud computing is the practice of Internet-basedcomputing, where different services, (such as serversand apps) are regularly stored and accessed throughthe Internet.
  3. 3. A brief history The concept of the cloud dates back to the 1950s, when mainframe computers became accessible via thin clients The Internet was first referred to/depicted as “the cloud” in 1994 In the ‘90s, telecom companies began using VPN (virtual private network) services After the dot-com bubble (1997-2000), Amazon played an integral part in development of cloud computing by modernizing their data centers. They launched Amazon Web Service (AWS) in 2006 to offer cloud computing to external customers In 2008, Eucalyptus became the first open-source, AWS API- compatible platform for deploying private clouds. That same year, OpenNebula became the first open-source software for private and hybrid clouds
  4. 4. The cloud, by xkcd:
  5. 5. Three types of cloud computing: Infrastructure as a service (IaaS): Provides users with server, storage and networking software. Ex: Amazon Web Service Platform as a service (PaaS): AKA middleware. Offers users virtualized servers and operating systems so that they can create and run apps. Ex: Google Apps Software as a service (SaaS): This is the one that we interact with most. Accessible through web browsers, this is any application that is hosted on a remote server and accessed through the Internet. Ex: Netflix
  6. 6. Benefits: or how I learned to quit worrying and love “the cloud”Just a few examples of how we use thecloud daily:GmailFacebook/YouTubeWeb site hosting companiesGoogle DocsThe App Store for iPhoneDropbox…And it’s only going to continue togrow as more businesses adapt to thecloud.
  7. 7. Benefits for businessesJust a few reasons cloud computing is smart forbusinesses of any size:Cost-effectiveIncrease productivity / aligns with a mobile workforceMore capacity for storageLess downtimeDecreases overhead
  8. 8. Issues and concerns Reliability Security Effects on IT industry/jobs No current regulations or standards Support
  9. 9. References