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Cloud Computing Possibilities
What is Cloud Computing?
Cloud computing can be described as a combination of virtualization servers providing scalable services, applications, storage and infrastructure for multiple clients over the Internet.
Where is Cloud Computing available now?
- Microsoft Office Live Small Business
- Microsoft Online Services
- Google Apps
- Sales Force
- Virtual VOIP
- Anti Virus on line backup provisions. E.g. Trend Micro and Norton.
What are Cloud Computing advantages?
- Rapid deployment of services. Deployment in 1 day is possible. Quicker testing cycles.
- Less money needed for on site hardware, administration and maintenance required.
- Less capital expenditure
- Scalable to handle variable business needs.
- Access to large expensive hardware and services with little costs.
- Electricity costs for local servers is saved in a cloud environment. Virtual cloud servers save on electricity by sharing.
- Disaster recovery from a local event. Easy to set up quickly in a new location.
- Data access independent of location or device. E.g. Home, work or while traveling. Using a desktop, laptop, net book, smart phone or thin client.
- Telephony can also now be hosted.
- National Fibre Broadband will allow larger clouds.
- Save about $1000/year in electricity and cooling for each server not deployed locally.
- Storage costs are shared which can lower client level fees.
- Lower data centre costs. Less space, cooling, UPS, generator requirements.
What are Cloud Computing disadvantages?
- Monthly fees
- Business data is stored off site.
- What happens to your data if your provider goes out of business?
- If the Internet is down locally then Cloud applications may be unavailable.
- Encryption of data transmission and storage needs to be considered.
- Training of programmers with cloud standards.
- Intellectual Property stored off site.
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