Key decision points to move to the cloud

To make the leap to the cloud, you should compare the cost and manageability of in-house servers to the cost and manageability of external hosting to the cost and manageability of RedPeak Solutions’ Virtual Private Data Center offering.

The initial comparisons can be made on cost; looking at purchasing resources with depreciation versus leasing the same resources. However, the ultimate decision to move to a new solution should be based on more subtle factors such as;

  • lease versus own,
  • rapid provisioning,
  • manageability,
  • scalability,
  • reduced time-to-market
  • compelling event ( i.e.; an upcoming release, a new marketing campaign)

In most cases, the best way to move is incrementally and gradually based on a pilot trial project.


What to look for in a Cloud Vendor

Companies looking to tap into the full potential and promise of cloud computing should partner with a trusted vendor who can devise a solution that meets their specific needs. Note that capabilities could vary based on client requirements, so one size does not fit all, but here are some capabilities you should consider when evaluating a cloud provider. Does the vendor:

  • Have experience developing, deploying, and implementing different cloud solutions, such as private, public, and hybrid clouds? Do they specialize in a particular solution?
  • Have complete transparency in managing compute capacity and facilitates? For example, do they have similar setup, configuration, and tear-down of compute resources in both private and public high performance computing cloud environments?
  • Provide fool-proof user authentication and authorization? • Guarantee data security while data is being transported to the cloud?
  • Provide a complete cloud computing software stack including Infrastructure as a service (IaaS), Lab as a Service (LaaS), and Software as a Service (SaaS)?
  • Have extensive security audit experience for real-world customers?
  • Provide guarantee in the contract and/or insurance about the persistency of your corporate data within the cloud environment?
  • Have an architecture that can address any system integration concerns?
  • Provide support for older versions of your operating system in the cloud environment? Can they provide support for newer operating systems?
  • Provide solutions that are open and portable to prevent vendor lock-in?
  • Provide 24×7 support and are there when you need them?

Barriers to entry on the cloud

Many companies are hesitant to make the jump due to the fact that we are currently in the early adopter stage of the cloud computing lifecycle. For most companies, the cloud environment presents many challenges and unknowns that must be overcome before corporations can include cloud in their IT strategy. The prospect of transferring data and Intellectual Property (IP) out of the data center and into the cloud environment strikes fear among many data center managers. Hence, data security, accessibility, and data persistency are paramount when deciding what data remains inside the corporate firewall and what data can be transferred to the cloud.

Cloud computing requires data center managers to make certain trade-offs with respect to control, visibility, and performance. Companies must compare internal and public clouds with respect to the performance benchmark results in the public cloud, financial model to compare operational expenses versus capital expenditures. Companies must also consider if their insurance coverage is sufficient to host their IP in the cloud environment.

Additionally, configuration management, security, and compliance issues raised by today’s cloud solutions must be properly addressed.

Are these barriers preventing you and your company from moving to the cloud?


Understanding the cloud player landscape…

Back in 2008, cloud computing blogger,John Willis, posted about the different levels of cloud computing in an attempt to demystify the cloud. He described it as follows:

There are multiple “levels” of cloud players. We are categorizing cloud players into three levels: Level 0 players that are not quite cloud players;  Level 1 that are niche players in the cloud market;  Level 2 that provide the backbone of cloud computing offerings; and Level 3 players.

Fast forward to 2009:

Many are starting to divide cloud computing providers into multiple levels

Many are starting to divide cloud computing providers into multiple levels

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The evolution of the cloud

Just over a decade ago, grid/cluster computing introduced us to the concept of optimal utilization of enterprise hardware resources. Today, priorities like resource flexibility, cost efficiencies, reliability, fault tolerance, power consumption, and environmental footprint of the data center are top of mind for CIOs. These concerns have given birth to cloud computing. So, if asked the difference between the grid and the cloud, the pat answer is virtualization.

Static compute farms are being replaced by an on-demand, dynamically provisioned infrastructure that provides the flexibility to burst to the public cloud time and again by tapping into additional compute capacity made available by a public cloud.  Due to the huge potential and cost-saving promise of both public and private clouds, a vast majority of enterprises are seriously considering, if not already using, cloud computing for their computing needs.

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What is cloud computing?

Pooled resources, utility computing, elasticity, grid computing, computing on demand, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), disposable infrastructure, fiber computing….There is a reason so many experts, in attempting to define cloud computing, have resorted to utilizing established technologies within definitions or analogies for this relatively new concept.
As you can see, cloud computing is many things to many people. This “data center on the internet” can facilitate flexible computing for enterprises of every size. Think of cloud computing as a cluster of virtual servers creating essentially an Infrastructure 2.0, enabling a new level of agility and nimbleness that is unfathomable with the traditional silo computing model.

Beyond this, cloud computing represents a paradigm shift in corporate expenditures. Companies are graduating to a pay-per-use model offered by cloud computing with a focus on operational expenditures instead of building in-house data centers utilizing capital expenditures.

The cloud computing model is enticing more and more companies to explore expanding their computing resources to meet peak demand by tapping into the on-demand capacity offered by the cloud. It is an entirely new business model with its own set of value propositions for enterprise computing environments, including application scalability, improved economies of scale, reduced costs, resource efficiencies, resource elasticity / flexibility, faster deployment times, value-based pricing model, disaster recovery, and an on-demand infrastructure enabling the truly dynamic data center.
Cloud computing is a general term for anything that involves delivering hosted services over the internet. A cloud service has three distinct characteristics that differentiate it from traditional hosting. It is sold on-demand, typically by the minute or the hour. It is elastic; a user can have as much or as little of a service as they want at any given time. It is fully managed by the provider. All the consumer needs is a personal computer and Internet access. Significant innovations in virtualization and distributed computing, as well as improved access to high speed Internet and a weak economy, have accelerated interest in cloud computing.