Cloud technology, the "buzzword", is the foundation of change

"Cloud computing is no longer just a buzzword"

Cloud technology sets the foundation of transformation for businesses. The adoption of cloud services worldwide has continued to accelerate at an incredible pace. For almost all industries, the cloud changes how people work, where people work, and the way people do business. While cost reduction is still a top priority, scalability and business agility have stepped to the forefront as primary reasons businesses are adopting cloud solutions.

“71% of strategic buyers cite scalability, cost and business agility as the most important drivers for using cloud services.“ - Gigaom Research

The next generation of business applications in the cloud allow businesses to start with what makes the most sense for their business now, and easily extend and modify as their business needs change over time without IT complexity and disruption to their business. With the right service provider and the right applications in the cloud, even complex business processes can be moved to the cloud with confidence.

“If you’re resisting the cloud because of security concerns, you’re running out of excuses.” - Forrester

“By 2020 clouds will stop being referred to as ‘public’ and ‘private.’ It will simply be the way business is done and IT is provisioned.” - IDC

Engine of Growth

Cloud computing creates efficiencies for small, mid-size business and enterprise that no longer have to purchase and maintain their own servers resources, and the great potential for cost savings on capital that go with operational on-demand expenses. This efficiency derives from the nature of cloud computing that builds on the framework of the internet. The ability to foster a seamless flow of information and IT resources where technology can be located in accordance with infrastructure and labor efficiencies, rather than being localized and provisioned independently, capitalizes on the economies of scale of traditional network computing like never seen before.

Understand Cloud traditional explanations

Anyone who follows technology trends has undoubtedly heard the term “Cloud” thrown around a few "unlimited" times over the past 10+ years, perhaps back to dot-com bubble. It is not brand new but enough changes and innovation in the recent years. There are many interpretations but let's keep it simple. Two basic type are private and public. Hybrid Cloud, another type but nothing more, is a mix of Private and Public Cloud. The term "hybrid" is also used to describe the extension of the private cloud to the public infrastructure for a specific organization.

Private Cloud vs. Public Cloud

Typically private dedicated virtual environments are setup for customers who want the benefits of the cloud, but need their data to remain in a physically separate environment. Between cloud providers moving workloads between those is still very challenges. Both public and private clouds have management implications. However, by choosing a public cloud solution, an organization can offload much of the management responsibility to its cloud vendor.

Private clouds are more attractive from financials point of view. At certain point the benefits of using public infrastructure start to diminish. This happens because the operational cost, although significantly reduced, continues to be carried by the organization. The margin that you pay to the cloud vendor can outgrow the operational cost of managing the infrastructure on-premise. 

Financially, deploying a private cloud can also create a large initial capital expense, with subsequent investment required as new equipment and capacity is added. All existing infrastructure that organizations have build over the years still needs to be utilized. Customers have the choice to continue using it in the traditional way and incur as operating expense as until now or repurpose it into private cloud infrastructure and significantly reduce their management expenses.

Conclusions

We believe that the private clouds will play significant role in the cloud computing trends over the next few of years.

Optimization and Forecast - Showcase

The remarkable development of cloud computing in the past few years, and its proven ability to handle web hosting workloads, is prompting researchers to investigate whether clouds are suitable to run large-scale scientific computations. Our SCM demand planning and forecast engine for start-ups, small and mid-size business is a great example of innovation and technology showcase for business advancement.

Cloud Service Types

Cloud is using the Internet to access applications, data or services that are stored or running on remote servers.

Any business offering an Internet-based approach to computing, storage and development can technically be called a cloud company. However, not all cloud companies are the same. Typically, these companies focus on offering one of three categories PaaS, IaaS and SaaS services. These different layers are part of the cloud technology segments. The simplest way to understand the structure is focus who manage the app, data, runtime, middleware, OS and underline infrastructure components.

The showing figure explained the three main layers of cloud computing. The first major layer is Infrastructure-as-a-Service also known as IaaS. Instead of having to purchase hardware outright, users can purchase IaaS based on consumption, similar to electricity or other utility billing. Some of the biggest names in IaaS include Amazon, Microsoft and VMWare.

The second major layer of the cloud is known as Platform-as-a-Service. PaaS companies offer up a wide variety of solutions for developing and deploying applications over the Internet, such as virtualized servers and operating systems. Enterprise PaaS provides line-of-business software developers a self-service portal for managing computing infrastructure from centralized IT operations and the platforms that are installed on top of the hardware. The enterprise PaaS can be delivered through a hybrid model that uses both public IaaS and on-premise infrastructure.

The third layer of the cloud is Software-as-a-Service, also known as SaaS. This layer is the one you’re most likely to interact with in your everyday life. In Many cases, it is almost always accessible through a web browser. Any application hosted on a remote server that can be accessed over the Internet is considered a SaaS. Because of the web delivery model, SaaS eliminates the need to install and run applications on individual computers. With SaaS, it’s easy for enterprises to streamline their maintenance and support, because everything can be managed by vendors: applications, runtime, data, middleware, OSes, virtualization, servers, storage and networking.

Fact: ADFS and beyond

ADFS (Active Directory Federation Services) is a feature of the Windows Server operating system that extends end users' single sign-on access to applications and systems outside the corporate firewall. ADFS addresses the challenges of cloud-based identity management. Right now, not all cloud application providers support ADFS. However, as more organizations adopt Office 365, Microsoft Dynamics CRM or many SaaS apps it will only be a matter of time before ADFS becomes the standard mechanism for linking corporations to hosted Web applications.

Cloud Type

Private Cloud is cloud infrastructure that belong to single organization that is hosted either on or off premise and is managed by the organization or third party contracted by the organization. The key point for private cloud is that the infrastructure is dedicated to this particular organization. Very often the term is used for cloud infrastructure that is hosted in the organization's datacenter.

Public Cloud is a cloud infrastructure that belongs to the cloud vendor and is open for use to the general public. What this means is that any organization or single individual can use the public cloud infrastructure to deploy and run their application.

At Youngland, customer satisfaction is highly prioritized because we firmly believe that taking care of customers takes care of business. Our staff is dedicated to bring you exceptional care and support. With this as our business model, we are dedicated in providing our customers with the best services because their satisfaction is our reward.

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