What is the Cloud? What is the "Cloud"? According to Microsoft, "The cloud is simply another name for the internet." No formal definition Why a "Cloud"? Used to show network diagrams What is the "Cloud" in cloud computing? Refers to where applications are run and stored.
Benefits of Cloud Computing Reduced Costs Initial infrastructure setup Infrastructure maintenance and upgrades Reliability Google Apps boasts a 99.9% uptime Scalability Virtually unlimited computing power and storage Security of the cloud More dedicated resources
Risks of Cloud Computing No internet? One big problem. Outages At the mercy of your cloud provider Big Brother? Cloud provider has access to personal information Security Limited to the security of your cloud provider
IaaS - Infrastructure as a Service What is IaaS? Service which delivers computer infrastructure Typically consists of virtual platforms Why use an IaaS provider? Don't have to purchase expensive equipment Don't have to deal with maintenance on equipment Create customized instances of an OS Scalability
Amazon Web Services Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) provides scalable computing capacity in the cloud. Pay for what you use Start new server instances on-demand Can run instances of different OS's RedHat Linux, Windows Server, openSuSE Linux, Fedora, Debian, OpenSolaris, Cent OS, Gentoo Linux, and Oracle Linux. Allows small businesses to inexpensively acquire the resources they need
SaaS -Software as a Service What is SaaS? Web based applications No hardware or software to install End users just login and go. Benefits of SaaS applications? Saves space on users computer Everything is done in the browser Don't have to worry about hardware
SaaS -Software as a Service What is SaaS? Web based applications No hardware or software to install End users just login and go. Risks of SaaS applications? Must have the internet Password protected Personal privacy
PaaS - Platform as a Service What is PaaS? Set of web based development tools that are hosted on a cloud provider's infrastructure. Benefits of developing with an PaaS Easy to upload to the cloud. Don't have to worry about hosting your application Provides full analytics software. Dynamically Scales
Windows Azure What is Windows Azure Platform for developing web applications that fully integrates into Visual Studio Supported Languages Standard.Net languages PHP Java Ruby Benefits of Windows Azure Great pool of resources Integrates into Visual Studio
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