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Demystifying the Cloud
What is the Cloud? The Cloud is short for “cloud computing” and it means accessing computing resources over the internet The name comes from the cloud shape that was traditionally drawn around devices and services on a network On demand access to data, systems, applications and resources
What is the Cloud? Courtesy Wikimedia Commons
Why use the Cloud? Securely store data Backed up and safe Easy to access Create agility and mobility Ability to scale Effective cost control Computing as a utility
Managed Services vs Applications Managed service cloud services provide storage and services on a per user basis Applications use cloud computing & storage, such as Microsoft 365 & Skydrive, Google Apps, iCloud, Dropbox, Evernote, Salesforce etc etc
Managed Cloud Services Software as a Service All below + applications Platform as a Service Also includes database, web server mgt etc Infrastructure as a Service Managed virtual servers & OS, leaving all software within the control of the client Courtesy Wikimedia Commons
Managed Cloud Services Local managed cloud service providers: Uber Global CloudCentral Emantra
Application Cloud Services (SaaS) Microsoft 365 & Skydrive - ~$7.90/user/month via Telstra Google Apps - ~$5.00/user/month, 5 GB space iCloud - Mail, calendars, contacts, music, photos, some business apps Dropbox - free storage – 2 GB – 18 GB Mega - up to 50 GB free Evernote - mobile app storing data in the cloud Salesforce - Cloud Customer Relationship Management (CRM) app MYOB – cloud accounting TimePro – cloud timesheets Mailchimp – newsletters SurveyMonkey - surveys Eventbrite - events
What about Security & Privacy? Reputable businesses are certified to high levels of security and privacy. Make sure you research their credentials In Australia, the Defence Signals Directorate certifies cloud managed services for the Australian Government. Check out the creds. Australian Government Agencies generally insist on maintaining “data sovereignty”
What are you doing now? Where is your data? Is it secure? Is it backed up? Do you have a plan if you lose your data for any reason? Have you had any significant failures over the past year?
What is your existing ICT investment? What are your total costs for your existing ICT infrastructure, systems and support? Do you buy or lease equipment? What personnel and management effort do you devote to managing your ICT environment?
What are the Risks? Access. You need an internet connection and if that isn’t reliable then neither is access to your data or services. Ensure you go with a reputable solution and not the latest cheap and nasty. That said, there are emerging providers all the time. Create a cohesive set of services
Implementing Cloud Storage Dropbox Create an account Create a folder Share it with a co-worker
Useful Links ScrivenerJAM – Microsoft Google Apps - iCloud - https://www.icloud.com/https://www.icloud.com/ Dropbox – https://www.dropbox.com/pricinghttps://www.dropbox.com/pricing Mega – Evernote - Salesforce – MYOB - TimePro -