Tag: Cloud Computing

The cloud has made a huge impact on both people’s daily lives as well as business. There has been a marvelous synthesis between social connectivity trends and technology across sizes and industries to harness the cloud and drive business innovation. But, according to a recent study, there are very few organizations which are actively using the cloud to its full potential. Even though it is accepted widely as a game changer when it comes to technology with the potential to change internal operations, industry value chains, and customer relationships, most companies aren’t adopting cloud-enabled models of business. Cloud computing has been defined as the delivery of storage and computing capacity in the form of a service to a community of end-recipients. Cloud Adoption Businesses around the world are recognizing cloud as a very important technology and adopting strategies involving the cloud to try and reduce the cost and complexity associated with regular IT approaches. Out of the 527 technology and businesses executives surveyed, around 3/4th said their companies had adopted, piloted, or implemented the cloud in their organizations. 90 percent of them said they would do it within 3 years. Just 13 percent have implemented the cloud substantially, but this […]

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Cloud computing, including all subscription based and pay-per-use models, are intensifying competition as far as the regular license-based software business is concerned in Thailand. This is raising a number of serious questions regarding the future of the local software companies in the country. Local Firms In order to survive, these local firms are going to have to adapt to the recurring revenue platforms during this age of subscriptions instead of doing what they normally do and sell licenses with the help of their perpetual licensing models. Companies even need to adopt emerging technologies such as the IoT (Internet of Things) and large-scale data analytics in order to develop innovative software solutions on-demand, says a couple of leading software experts. The software industry in the country needs to embrace service models which are software enabled in order to speed up innovation and enable scalable service delivery remotely at a lower cost. This is what Thanachart Numnonda; the executive director of the IMC Institute had to say. The IMC Institute is a Thai owned research and IT training firm. Software Enabled Services The software enabled service providers include Uber and Grab, the ride-sharing app makers, Airbnb the online marketplace, and Builk.com, a […]

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The cloud has been growing rapidly in Europe; unfortunately so has Islamic terrorism but that is another topic. Today, there are billions of dollars invested in it from the biggest technology companies in the world. Microsoft has spent three billion dollars on setting up data centers for the Azure cloud in Europe till date. They are now targeting France where it is going to join with Amazon Web Services to build cloud facilities in 2017. Apple is preparing to invest $1 billion in a data facility located in Denmark. This is also the place where Facebook is supposed to be looking at setting up a data processing facility. Satya Nadella’s Tour The reason for all this activity in this sector can be understood if you look at why Satya Nadella toured Europe. He used this opportunity to announce a book which was being published by Microsoft called A Cloud for Global Good. This book includes a number of recommendations with a major focus on privacy. The first chapter of the book looks at the dangers of intrusive surveillance, critical importance of privacy, and the collection of information. How can free expression and privacy be preserved while keeping public safety in […]

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In simple terms, you can define cloud computing as the storage and access of data and programs on the Internet as opposed to on your hard drive. But, it doesn’t end there. It also refers to a set of networks, hardware, services, storage, and interfaces which combine to deliver various aspects of computing in a service. So it isn’t just about sharing information, even the infrastructure could be shared online. One of the main aspects when it comes to the cloud is that there is no clear locality for hardware or data. Services might be sold to clients in one jurisdiction, and their data may be processed or stored in multiple other locations in different jurisdictions. The client might not even know where their data is being stored or processed. Threats of Cloud Computing Now that you have a brief idea of what cloud computing is, let’s take a look at some of the threats that it faces: Privacy and security The information which is housed on cloud servers mostly includes confidential information or intellectual property. Any risks of access to confidential and personal information will always pose an immediate threat. Application design When you consider the needs of various […]

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If you aren’t quicker and smarter than your competition when it comes to talent acquisition, time to market, and customer feedback loops, your business is going to start suffering eventually. This is what a digital transformation is all about. It isn’t for the wimps. It is an ongoing technical, organizational, procedural, financial, and cultural challenge. Back to Front Digital transformation is something which needs to be end-to-end. It cannot just be something for marketing or finance or HR to do in isolation. These processes are generic to most organizations, and when they are run on legacy applications, they can get really expensive to upgrade or maintain, especially when highly customized. Moving them to a shared cloud service can help improve efficiency and savings. They will also accelerate the ability of a company to innovate. The main payoff, however, comes when the company can tie in their front and back end applications and connect them with infrastructure, sensor-laden devices, machines, etc. to get real-time feedback. What’s in the way? Not all CIOs are moving at the same speed when it comes to digital transformations. One common problem here is that companies tend to begin the journey in decentralized ways. This results […]

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You may have been able to answer every single question and convince your organization to move to the cloud, but now everyone wants to know how much it’s going to cost. Is it more cost-effective to go with a service provider as opposed to building your own platform? But before you ask an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) provider for a quote, it’s important for you to understand exactly how they price their services. The three largest cost centers when it comes to the cloud environment are compute, storage, and network. Now, let’s take a look at these factors which are considered by IaaS providers while preparing quotes in detail: Compute: Virtual RAM’s Cost per GB Every organization has a different set of needs including when it comes to using the CPU. Most IaaS providers calculate this cost of the CPY by looking at the respective organization’s cost per GB for virtual RAM. This includes: Hardware operation They look at the maximum amount of RAM that is deployed in their clouds and divide that with the total number of units you require. The costs may also include usage-based costs for subscriptions and license costs, based on the virtual operating system. […]

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From the view point of technology, delivering computer services using the cloud is now mainstream. We are using something or the other that is linked with the cloud every single day. For consumers, interactions that are cloud-computing driven are becoming more commonplace and regular. Need a ride? There’s Lyft or Uber. Have a question? There’s Google Now or Siri. What about music? There’s Pandora, Spotify, etc. Businesses have also started leveraging cloud computing based services from online storage companies. This is a rapidly growing business as far as cloud computing is concerned. A Perfect Analogy In all of these cases, the idea involves leveraging an inexhaustible supply of computing, storage, and network connections to deliver computing like a utility just how power companies are delivering electricity to businesses or homes. Web-based companies are writing software which can take advantage of this utility in a way which lets them run services on this infrastructure and build business models around them. However, traditional businesses have been slower to move to this type of computing. There’s a lot of talk about private clouds or hybrid clouds which mix elements of private and public clouds but in reality, adopting these concepts has been much […]

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With the cloud computing growing in popularity so quickly with consumers, more companies are now turning to it for production websites. But what about cloud-based disaster recovery? Can it offer similar benefits? Disaster recovery tends to be complex, expensive, and time-consuming. It makes sense to plan ahead in order to figure out what your business requires. Putting a disaster recovery plan into the cloud can greatly assist in alleviating some fears associated with its setup. Here are four of the major benefits of cloud-based disaster recovery: Quicker recovery The biggest difference between cloud-based disaster recovery and regular recovery practices are the difference between RTO and RPO. Cloud-based data recovery will give your website the ability to recover from warm sites immediately. This will drastically reduce your RTO and RPO times from weeks or days to just a few hours. Where traditional DR involves booting up from cold sites, things are different as far as cloud recovery is concerned. With the help of virtualization, the whole server, including the OS, patches, applications, and data get encapsulated into one virtual server. This server can then be backed up or copied to off-site data centers and then spun on virtual hosts within minutes […]

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Making the decision to outsource cloud hosting services is not always easy, the keyword here being the word TRUST. You may be continents apart with your cloud provider, which therefore means that you will have to rely on their word when it comes to quality service provision. You will not be able to physically verify their infrastructure or even visit their business premises thus making the decision much harder. The argument that most employers give is that how can I trust a third party with critical data, if I cannot even trust my own employees with it? I will discuss some of the common concerns amongst business owners when it comes to outsourcing cloud services, and how to minimize such risks. Common concerns among subscribers of hosted cloud services Compliance with IT standards Most people are usually concerned whether the service provider has fully complied with IT standards, which is a legitimate cause of worry because it determines a lot of things such as data security, compliance with safety & regulation measures and availability of quality equipment. Lack of compliance may easily be transferred to the subscriber and may end up affecting the business operations. It is therefore very important […]

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Cloud computing is a computing model where users can store and access data and programs over the Internet instead of a computer’s hard drive. It involves using a network of remote servers hosted on the Internet to store, manage and process data, rather than a local server or a personal computer. Simply put, it is computing based on the Internet (The cloud). An on-premise software is a software that is installed and runs on a computer in the premises (building) of the enterprise using the software rather than from a remote server, as in cloud computing. Cloud computing has brought changes in the information technology and business landscape. Some of the advantages offered by cloud computing include increased flexibility, low costs per storage, near-infinite capacity on-demand, and distributed accessibility since anyone with Internet access can access the information stored in the cloud. Companies can therefore operate on a global scale without having to spend large amounts of money for expansion. This is a shift from the past when users would run applications or programs from software downloaded and installed on a physical computer or server. Using cloud computing, users can access and run the same applications and programs through the […]

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