Thursday, December 15, 2011

Office 365 Helping Businesses In Cloud Computing


Cloud Computing Product Helping

Businesses To Collaborate Online


By Khalid Kamal

Office 365 is a very nice example of cloud computing that is developed by Microsoft. It has a familiarity with the MS office tools which we get via the cloud. We can use it from any part of the world means it is giving the feature of remote connectivity. Features like web conferencing, documents, and calendars can easily be accessed remotely. It offers compatibility according to your business requirements.

Office 365 contains Office Professional Plus, Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, Lync Online and Office Web Apps all running via the cloud in a single productivity suite. With Office Professional Plus a user can customize its inbox with the conversation view, schedule meetings, and work on MS outlook. The users can collaborate with a better control. They can create and share slide shows with the help of MS Power Point Broadcast Slide Show option. You can find many new graphics editing tools in Power Point that help in creating a presentation. Office 365 works with the Microsoft software like MS Word, PowerPoint and Excel.

It has a good security mechanism against virus and spam. In any emergency, disaster recovery can be done via its datacenters. The enterprise plan offers the users to connect to the SharePoint services with the https SSL encrypted connections. For sharing the documents over the web, it has a cryptographic process. With its Exchange Online option users can access to emails, calendar, contacts and can manage them by having access via mobile phones with different OS smart phones. It also offers a mailbox space up to 25 gigabyte and 25 megabytes for email messages sending.

If the users want to connect with others they can use the Lync Online feature and easily connect via instant messaging, online meetings, and video calls. Many times we need online meetings in our office workplaces then we can use this with video screen sharing. It has another good option that users can easily join Lync meetings from their smart phones. It uses the dial in audio conferencing services for this process.

We can use the Microsoft Office applications like Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote desktop applications over the web. The documents can be formatted and shared with other users also. It also offers online viewing & editing tools for the users who have not MS Office on their PCs and also to those who are using different platforms.

This is the short overview about the nice cloud service product by Microsoft that is also very useful for the organizations that are using the IT support services. It is an affordable product and saves a lot of time and financial resources. We will discuss with more information about Office 365 in our next article.

About the Author:

Khalid Kamal, as an author shares information related to the IT support services offered by ProVal Technologies Pvt. Ltd. ProVal with its Network Monitoring and NOC Support solutions helping its clients in saving their financial as well as infrastructural resources.

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Mainframes and Cloud Computing : Business Angle Article 2

Extending Mainframes into the World of Cloud: The Business Angle - II


After highlighting the mainframe-cloud alliance and its business perspective in 'Extending Mainframes into the World of Cloud: The Business Angle - I', it is time to analyse the coalition with respect to the organisation of its workload and its capabilities of virtualization.

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How can mainframe be moved the cloud?

Mainframes and could computing possesses commonalities in terms of their sharing of resources, scalability and virtualization. Over the years mainframe computing has constantly measured up in the factors of security and reliability. IBM set the grounds for endorsing mainframes as cloud platform with its last released mainframe the zEnterprise 196 that includes the capability to incorporate distributed computing platforms. The mainframe-Linux union has also been a positive factor for the mainframe-cloud assimilation.  The IT industry is bound to witness a much beneficial path breaking union if the two forms of computing merge.

To back the ardent believers of the mainframe-cloud alliance and its triumphant future, when a survey powered by CA Technologies was conducted, 73of the 200 mainframe respondents were of the opinion that mainframes were a part of the cloud plans.

What are the benefits of the alliance?

Possessing years of experience in its field, mainframe is equipped with the most sophisticated virtualization and management capabilities compared to the others in the industry. Capable virtualization ability is the foundation of cloud architecture and it plays a significant role in making mainframe conducive for cloud computing.

The perfect union of cloud and mainframe would result in:
• More agility
• Security
• Increased accessibility
• Reduced risk
• Better capability and productivity
• Less energy consumption
• Manages infrastructure elements dynamically
• Effortlessly combines with an organization\'s existing computing atmosphere.

Together, the cloud and mainframe coalition can tackle their individual fall outs of high operational costs, lack of resources and difficulty in management. Also, mainframe provides the best platform of computing environment that is favourable to facilitate cloud computing.

Despite the listed benefits, apprehensions continue to linger.

How can an organisation derive better results from cloud as it does from it's existing mainframe? Where does Linux and Windows figure with respect to the mainframe-cloud computing? How can a mainframe resource possessed by a company alter into cloud computing?

With the cloud-mainframe in its infancy it's functional pros and cons can be identified only when organisations become willing to adopt and experiment with the concept. Until then, we too eagerly await the answers of these questions.

As the saying goes, ‘time will tell', as will experimentation and the ever changing technology.

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About the Author

Maintec Technologies, an Remote Infrastructure Management company offering Remote infrastructure mangement services including data center management services, application services and Remote IT staffing.

Mainframes and Cloud Computing : Business Angle Article 1

Extending Mainframes into the World of Cloud: The Business Angle – I


The IT industry has constantly evolved along with the ever changing technology. After having harnessed the potential of the internet, it is the cloud architecture that is currently being discussed in the IT business race by with it's new standards. Initially apprehensive about accepting the new bandwagon, the industry at large has now begun to warm up to the concept of cloud to better their business. Mainframe and cloud industry are exploring the possibilities of broadening the organisation's live mainframe systems to incorporate cloud computing for the benefit of an improved business perspective and also to cope with the shortcomings of the other. The industry specialists however, think differently about the cloud-mainframe union. The most visible cloud-mainframe coalition debate points are:

1. The resemblance between the mainframe and cloud computing, this coalition will be beneficial for the IT industry.
2. Cloud is a mere marketing hype. It is replicating what the mainframes have done all along.
3. Cloud and mainframe are two separate entities that has nothing in common in order to work with each other.

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Whatever be the argument, cloud and mainframe computing despite all its glory has it's own share of strong points and shortcomings. To be able to merge the two in order to produce a boon to the IT world is the challenge.

To be able to form an opinion a compare and contrast of mainframe and cloud is necessary.

Business benefits/features of mainframe:

Having floored the IT business world with it's strong features of reliability, serviceability and availability, mainframes have surpassed their predicted fate of extinction by leaps and bounds.

• Large-scale computation
• Reliability, Serviceability and Availability
• Efficient work load optimisation
• Utmost resource utilization
• Unequalled level of security
• Entirely virtualized environment
• Relatively lower price in comparison to distributed hardware

Business benefits/features of cloud computing:

Stalwarts of the IT Industry underscore cloud computing as the next advancement of systems architecture.

• On demand and scalable computing environment
• Applications, platforms and infrastructure offered as services
• Cost effective as the it follows the 'pay per use' concept
• Exceptionally flexible computing and storage
• Virtualized assets provided as facilities for clients
• Location and device independence can be accessed from anywhere using a web browser

Mainframe and cloud shortcomings:

  • Mainframe computing falls short mainly with it's the complexity in managing the systems, increased cost of maintenance and scarcity of resources.

  • Cloud computing's potential hurdles are in it's security of information and user privacy.

Whilst having discussed the business profits and losses of mainframes and cloud computing, a detailed understanding of the mainframe-cloud alliance in workload management capabilities and virtualization capabilities is required. We discuss the same in 'Extending Mainframes into the World of Cloud: The Business Angle – Part II'

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About the Author

Maintec Technologies, an Remote Infrastructure Management company offering Remote infrastructure mangement services including Data center management services, application services and remote IT staffing.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Outline of Cloud Computing Certifications


An Outline of Cloud Computing Certifications

000-032 exam test is renowned requirement to accomplish Foundations of IBM Cloud Computing Architecture V1certification.

  • Test consists of 48 questions

  • Duration of test is 75 minutes

  • Test language is, English.

  • Net price of the test is 200.00 USD

You are required to secure at least 66% marks in order to be an IBM Cloud Computing Architecture V1 certified.

000-032 exam test cover the topic of Cloud computing architecture which is helpful especially in maintaining and storing the databases. A certified person in Cloud Compounding Architecture has an expertise in web based computing and delivering services from data centers to all over the world.

  • Course outline gives a brief description of the key features of certification:

  • Identifying the architecture and designing the principles of cloud computing along with highlighting or identifying the consumer’s requirements towards Cloud Computing offerings of IBM covers the course outline.

  • Clearly interpreting the advantages and concepts of cloud computing to customers.

  • Describe the way how customer can realize the benefits of cloud computing within his environment along with an expertise in delivering hosting services over internet.

  • Clear explanation and description of cloud computing concepts.

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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Ideal Testing Tool for Cloud Computing Applications

Ideal Testing Tool for Cloud Computing Applications

Author: johnwilliam

Cloud Computing is fast emerging as a preferred technology for application development and deployment. Though the concept of Cloud Computing has been in existence for quite some time, the Technology has gained wide recognition only recently. Cloud Computing makes use of several servers placed at various locations connected to one another by high-speed network connections.

The idea governing the Cloud Computing concept is utilization of several different servers in various locations to host applications and data instead of using a single server in one location.

With Cloud Computing, consumers and businesses can access various applications without installing anything. In short, one can access any application from any computer that is equipped with an Internet connection. This is of immense benefit to businesses, in particular, as there would be no necessity of having to be at a particular computer to execute a task.

Cloud infrastructure services are offered on rent by service providers. Payment is made only for the cloud computing resources that are actually used. This is efficient as unnecessary expense is prevented.

Cloud Computing is being increasingly preferred by businesses for its many benefits, including user-friendliness, flexibility and scalability. Another increasing use of cloud-based environments is in software testing. They are being employed increasingly for software testing for their flexibility and cost-effectiveness.

This shift to Cloud environment demands Cloud-based Testing tools as conventional testing tools are ineffective in Cloud Testing. In Cloud Testing, aspects such as the network, desktop, and the impact of alterations within the Cloud, need to be focused on. As such, Testing tools employed for Cloud Testing should be so equipped that they enable software developers and testers analyze the above-mentioned aspects.

There are many Open Source software testing tools being published for Cloud environments currently. PushToTest's TestMaker is a leading automation testing platform capable of running tests on test equipment or in a Cloud Computing environment, or both.

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