Understanding the different roles in a cloud computing setup If you are migrating from enterprise to a cloud based solution, it is necessary to understand the different roles in cloud computing. In this post, I will cover the 6 major roles in the cloud setup. Cloud Service Provider This is the entity that provides the cloud service. The cloud service provider owns and controls the cloud computing platform. The services include SaaS (Software as a Service), PaaS (Platform as a Service), IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) and IpaaS (Integration Platform as a Service). Based on the services provided, the CSPs
How Cloud Service Brokerages can Help Manage your Cloud Setup? If you are a typical cloud computing client, you might already be using a few cloud service providers for your different applications. Your mail might be hosted with provider 1, CRM with provider 2, corporate website with provider 3 and business apps with provider 4. As the number of services expand, it now becomes a hassle to manage the different providers, different SLAs, their billing schedules, etc. This is where cloud service brokers (CSB) come to help. CSBs are businesses that offer intermediation services and add value on top of
Microsoft ventures big into the Indian cloud market On April 12, Microsoft announced its biggest collaboration in the cloud segment by working with India’s AICTE (All India Council for Technical Education) to setup up its Live@Edu cloud solution at over 10,000 colleges in India. This could potentially bring 7.5 million new users to its cloud and can portend a big expansion in this market in the future. Though Microsoft claims it as a corporate social responsibility initiative as the solution is given for free, it is a smart business move that could open up a huge market for cloud computing.
Why Startups Should Embrace Cloud Computing? I run a tech startup and I know some the pains of running a tech startup. Startups have limited budgets and even limited tech support, but have to work around the limitations to build a cutting edge product. This is where cloud computing can help, and all startups must try their best to leverage the tools provided by this new paradigm. Here are some reasons why startups should embrace cloud computing tools: Cloud computing helps move the Capital Expenditures (CapEx) of buying servers and running a mini datacenter to Operational Expenditures (OpEx) of paying
7 Salient Trends and Directions in Cloud Computing Cloud computing is a rapidly evolving field and as more enterprises join the platform, new trends are emerging. In this post, I will cover the major trends in cloud computing for the immediate future (2012-14). Cloud storage goes mainstream in consumer segment. While cloud based storage services such as the Dropbox have existed for a while, they have not captured the mainstream “mom & pop” users. The problems include small storage limits (2 GB in case of free Dropbox accounts), requirement of separate apps to install, weak integration with the file systems,
Will Google’s G-Drive Turbo Charge the Consumer Cloud? The rumors on Google’s cloud storage solution – G Drive is back, after a couple of years of hiatus. Leaks based on the screenshots reveled here and here point to a service with a 5 GB free storage to be launched in the middle of April. Google is already venturing big into the cloud computing space with launch of Google Music and Google Play. Will this revolutionize the consumer cloud market? While Dropbox, Apple iCloud, Microsoft Skydrive and other cloud providers have increased their user base, the amount of cloud usage (both
9 Trends that Impact the Future of Mobile Cloud Computing Mobile cloud is the convergence of cloud computing and mobile apps. It is one of the hottest trends in cloud computing that is expected to play an increasingly important role in the future. The need for mobile clouds stem from the following trends: Enterprise and consumer mobiles apps are getting increasingly smart. The days of using mobile phone just to access the Exchange and browsing the web is giving away into using the mobile for accessing spreadsheets, delivering presentations and performing data processing. To cater to the intensive computing needs
Taking the Middle Road: The Need for Hybrid Clouds Hybrid cloud involves the use of public cloud and private cloud architectures working together. The key here is “working together”, instead of having two silos of inoperable clouds. In theory, it combines the best of both the worlds, though in practice it is hard not to get the worst of both worlds. Why is a hybrid cloud approach required? In this post, I will try to answer some of the reasons. Need for hybrid clouds Public clouds involve the use of third party servers where you are typically charged on the