Dec 242012
 

Using Sun Fire Servers During a Transition to Cloud Computing

By James T. Rothery

Information technology (IT) configurations play a crucial role in the success of a business, not only because most businesses would fail if their IT systems went away, but also because businesses that invest too much into their IT configurations will be unable to generate a profit. Four emerging trends in the IT field target cost cutting and an increase in efficiency: virtualization, standards-based architectures, demands for high-speed connectivity, and cloud computing. The trend that not only maximizes efficiency and flexibility but also helps companies reduce hardware costs is cloud computing. It is becoming more and more common for business owners to ask IT professionals for help in implementing a cloud computing configuration, but it takes multiple years to establish a proper configuration.

Using Sun Fire Servers During a Transition to Cloud Computing

Using Sun Fire Servers During a Transition to Cloud Computing

In the meantime, companies can use Sun Fire servers to facilitate the transition to a virtualization or cloud computing arrangement. Sun Fire servers were released by Sun Microsystems back in 2001 and were built with the also newly released UltraSPARC III processor. As Sun grew the product line, these servers would be produced in both SPARC-based and x86-64 based forms. While new servers are no longer being produced, the capabilities offered by used Sun servers are in line with what one might find in a recently manufactured server from another brand. The added benefit of using used Sun servers to ease the transition to a cloud computing infrastructure is that they are less than half the cost of a new server.

The term “cloud computing” has been used several times in this article, but it has never been properly defined. A cloud computing infrastructure generally is identifiable by its:

  • Flexible Costs – Operational costs are billed on a monthly/annually or other per-use basis.
  • Elastic Scalability – It is much easier to increase or decrease the storage or processing capacity.
  • Geographic and Hardware Independence – Depending on the type of service that is desired, applications and even hardware are located virtually, off-site.

Cloud services vary in terms of what capabilities are being outsourced. Typically cloud services are defined in one of three ways:

    • Software as a Service (SaaS) – In this configuration, full programs are offered on a subscription or pay-per-use basis to multiple users over a shared environment. Companies can free up space in used Sun servers for crucial information by locating software on the cloud rather than on in-house servers.
    • Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) – In this arrangement, storage capacity, databases, and even servers like Sun Fire servers are located off-site, with companies paying to use or access them. Disaster recover and archiving services are also categorized as IaaS.
    • Platform as a Service (PaaS) – Developers use this service when they need access to application development or a production environment, with buyers typically paying for processor and memory capacity.

A cloud computing infrastructure takes years to build, so it is best to work in steps. A company might start with software virtualization, operating rented programs on used Sun servers, before experimenting with an IaaS. By gradually experimenting with IaaS, SaaS, and PaaS when financial resources are available, a company can over time build an infrastructure that meets its IT needs.

Used Sun servers like Sun Fire servers can help businesses as they transition to a cloud computing arrangement.

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Jun 112012
 

Cloud Computing Process of Global Data Access

Author: Swet Nath

The leading Cloud Computing Service Providers who have their clients base spread across various countries are the ones who have been able to make their mark in this field. Known for their leadership role in tendering their avant-garde cloud technologies to enterprises, especially to the small business to lead a milieu of lean and thin IT infrastructure.

The focal point of the company is to modify, an always on accessible IT services with the most proactive technical support so as to permit the enterprise to:

  • Minimize the needless IT infrastructure: Minimize the local IT infrastructure by entrusting the IT infrastructure management, which with the technical expertise of these companies can be managed better.
  • Trim down costs: Minify the technology and IT infrastructure overhead costs by shunning upfront investment in IT resources such as servers or establishing local network.
  • Intensify efficiency and productiveness: Amplify the efficiency of your business by having the IT services acquirable in an always on manner, no longer bogged low by network access issues or server downtime.
  • Get together with others in real time: Join forces with others in real time in a multi-user milieu.
  • Cut down the time to market: With a promptly obtainable on demand IT infrastructure, the time to market is considerably reduced.

An experienced company definitely becomes a great choice for the enterprises that seek to prelate in a productivity driven IT milieu which is low-priced and at the same time desire to avail the merits of our established technical skillfulness to administer their IT resources.

Total array of enterprise cloud services: These companies have one of the most extensive range of services to proffer to the enterprises, having existence in both, the vertical as well as industry particular cloud services.

Cutting edge technical skillfulness: With a widely seasoned and Microsoft certified team of various technical specialists, the clients can be rest assured that their applications are being administered in the most effectual way.

Round the clock, Technical Support: These companies tender round the clock technical support to their clients in a 24x7x365 milieu so as to assure that the yielding environment of the enterprises is well-kept at the most optimum level.

Cloud computing is a expedient, on-demand model for network access, wherein costs are significantly shriveled, storage convenience amplifies, high automation eliminates the trouble about keeping applications up to date and there is extended suppleness and control of data. Apart from this there is higher reliability and up time and mobility is increased, allowing organizations to access information anytime, anywhere. These companies come with the perfect Cloud hosting solutions at surprisingly economical prices. Being among the putative cloud server hosting providers in the world ensuring you the best quality service, there are various features of the Cloud Computing Services.

Such companies can speedily scale to thousands of servers to make resources acquirable as they’re needed. The customers of these companies never need to worry about purchasing new-fangled hardware to meet augmentative traffic demands or huge traffic spikes.

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Swet Nath working with B24 E Solutions, its IT professionals are expertise in cloud computing, Mobile Technology & SaaS Software Development services. B24 offers Cloud Computing Solutions, SaaS application development, cloud computing applications to manage IT software development environment.

Mar 132012
 

IBM Study: Cloud Computing to Rewrite Corporate Business Models

– Percentage of companies innovating with cloud expected to double by 2015 –

LAS VEGAS, March 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — The number of enterprises turning to cloud computing to revamp existing business models will more than double in the next three years, as business leaders move to capitalize on the rapid availability of data and the growing popularity of social media, according to a new study released today by IBM. Businesses that embrace the transformative power of cloud will have a significant advantage in the race to introduce new products and services and capture new markets and revenue streams.

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To better understand the shift in how organizations use cloud today and how they plan to employ it in the future IBM, in conjunction with the Economist Intelligence Unit, surveyed more than 500 business and technology executives worldwide. The findings were compiled in a new study, titled “The Power of Cloud: Driving business model innovation.”

“Companies are starting to understand — cloud isn’t just about gaining efficiencies and cost savings; it’s about driving the kind of fundamental innovation that provides lasting marketplace advantage,” said Saul Berman, IBM global strategy consulting leader and co-author of the study.

Changing Motivations for Cloud Adoption

According to the study, as they strive to better meet customers’ needs and drive future growth, business leaders will increasingly tap cloud to develop new business models that can exploit the capabilities resulting from these digital trends. While 16 percent of the executives surveyed indicate they are already using cloud capabilities for sweeping innovation, such as entering new lines of business or reshaping an existing industry, by 2015 35 percent intend to use it to transform their business models.

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While a little more than half of the respondents indicated “improving organizational efficiency” as a top business challenge today, only 31 percent anticipate it will be a top challenge in three years. Instead the study indicates that their focus is shifting to growth and competitive initiatives in the future. The objectives cited by survey respondents for adopting cloud are in line with these business goals, indicating that business needs will soon rival IT motivations for cloud adoption:

  • 62 percent of survey respondents said increased collaboration with external partners is a key objective for adopting cloud;
  • 57 percent cited competitive cost advantages through vertical integration as a major motivation; and
  • 56 percent pointed to opening new delivery channels and markets as an important objective.

Examples cited in the report showcasing how cloud is being tapped to drive new revenue streams and enhance business models include an online marketplace for handmade goods that has taken advantage of cloud’s cost flexibility to gain access to more powerful analytics online. The company is able to cost-effectively analyze data from the approximately one billion monthly views of its Web site and use the information to create product recommendations, providing it with access to tools and computing power that might typically only be affordable for larger retailers.

The study also cites an online health information network that enables the exchange of health information and transactions among healthcare providers, employers, payers, practitioners, third-party administrators and patients in India. By connecting more than 1,100 hospitals and 10,000 doctors, cloud computing’s capabilities are facilitating better collaboration and information sharing — helping the network to pursue a more collaborative business model and deliver improved care at a low cost.

The study’s authors point to cloud’s capabilities to mask complexity and enable user-defined experiences, as well as its overall scalability and cost flexibility as key reasons companies are planning to move it into front office operations in the near future.

“Cloud has the power to open doors to more efficient, responsive and innovative ways of doing business, and we believe the companies that will come out on top will be the ones that find ways to leverage it as a key point of differentiation in driving business value,” Berman said. “Whether they choose to tap cloud to optimize, innovate or even disrupt their business models, they need to start working on it now.”   

For more information on the study, visit: www.ibm.com/gbs/powerofcloud.

For more information on IBM, visit www.ibm.com

Contact:
Linda Hanson Hunt
IBM Corp.
914-766-2015
lindah@us.ibm.com

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Aug 282011
 

How Colocation Can Lead to Widespread Adoption of the Cloud

By Yan Ness

Cloud computing is a type of shared computing where one utilizes a hosting provider’s large-scale computing infrastructure. In other words, a provider with thousands of servers interlinked together, will rent out their massive computing capabilities to customers looking to only pay for the computing that they use.

Cloud Computing Australia : Adoption of the Cloud Computing

Cloud Computing Australia : Adoption of the Cloud Computing

One of the benefits of cloud computing is the flexibility it provides. In theory, you can use 1 unit (CPU, storage, RAM or data transfer) one second and 100s of units the next second and you only pay for the units you use with no minimum or fixed fee. There is no commitment and you can stop using/paying whenever you want.

The only investment and commitment you must make is writing your software to utilize the cloud providers computing architecture. Each time you switch cloud providers you have to re-write your software to match the cloud provider’s application programming interface (API).

The three enticing promises of cloud computing are:

Expandability – You can rapidly expand your computing infrastructure as the demand for your site or application expands.

Pay for what only what you use – You only have to pay for the processing capabilities you use.

Flexibility – Most cloud services require no minimum use commitment, so you can stop the service at any time.

The Problem with the Cloud

Cloud providers have two disadvantages that must be overcome to enable the three benefits above for just about ALL computing. In essence, until they solve these problems, adoption will be narrow. Once they solve these challenges, we believe cloud computing will be ubiquitous.

The two primary issues are:

The service level agreements offered with cloud computing are lacking in substantial guarantees or assurances. Some of this has to do with the immaturity of the cloud computing model as the providers still figure out how they can deliver performance guarantees in a shared environment that can be impacted by macro events.

Internet and computing usage spikes on Black Monday or catastrophic news events are unpredictable – and planning enough computing overhead for these non-normal events can be costly for cloud vendors.

We believe, this SLA issue can be solved by technology. Using sophisticated monitoring and metering, and automated price bidding for computing cycles in heavy demand periods, cloud providers will be able to manage the allocation of real-time compute resources and throttle back second tier customers to deliver against a SLA for top tier users.

The second challenge is much tougher. For most businesses, cloud computing is too new and untried to risk their business life on it. It reminds me of when the Internet first appeared. People were very nervous about putting their data “on the net” or providing personal information on a web page. Now you can’t live without it (ever booked an airline ticket?).

Once the SLA problem is addressed, the benefits may outweigh this trust issue but until then adoption will be very sparse. And then again maybe the Cloud will never overcome the trust issue.

How to Solve The Trust Issue

To accelerate the adoption of the cloud in corporate computing we need to overcome the trust issue. The colocation operator is the answer to this challenge – they can provide a very powerful and cost-effective channel to accelerate adoption.

Why do people colocate with their local managed data center operator, rather than go with the cloud, if it’s an option? Trust.

So, the question becomes how can the cloud leverage the trust delivered by colocation operators and use colocation as a channel to rapidly grow the market?

The answer is to develop an appliance that colocation operators can sell and manage for their clients. One that provides a certain amount of “umph” (CPU, memory, storage, # of servers etc.). The appliance would have the cloud vendors API to easily run cloud designed applications and could be designed with built-in metering that allows the client to only pay for what he uses.

But the real opportunity is the capability to allow an application running in the colocated appliance to “spill over” into the cloud by creating new servers and using resources in the cloud, outside the colocation data center.

Imagine if you will – an Amazon cloud appliance. A Software-as-a-Service vendor can design their prototype on Amazon’s cloud to Amazon’s API. When the time comes to production, the vendor can chose to continue running in the cloud, or move to a colocated cloud appliance if the location and security of their data becomes a trust issue for their clients, such as SOX, HIPAA or PCI requirements. Should the demand exceed their computing capability, they could make the call on which part, if any, they want to source to the Cloud.

It’s at that point that the client will really get the value of expandability. If they’ve had experience with the appliance and with the colocation operator, that can bridge the trust gap. Now they are in a private cloud and the colocation partner is there do to the support and provider services that mainstream applications and users demand at this early stage of cloud computing.

Conclusion

Some view the Cloud as a threat to colocation operators’ business model.

However, colocation is a service business that adapts to provide an expanding range of services and solutions – by managing hardware, network and software infrastructures on a scale with a level of responsiveness and support that is difficult for most companies to do themselves. The cloud is just another evolution in the process.

The real question is how can the cloud leverage the colocation model to accelerate the cloud market?

Yan Ness is CEO of Online Tech, the Midwest’s premier managed data center operator, and has more than 20 years of experience launching and managing high tech companies, from startup to scale. In 2003, Yan led a group of investors to acquire Online Tech and has since delivered a range of data center services from midwest colocation to private cloud hosting from our SAS 70-audited data centers.

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Aug 242011
 

Cloud Computing – Two Things to Move to it Today

By Shivesh Vishwanathan

Cloud Computing is becoming a mainstream technology with almost all major industry heavyweights backing it. As details emerge and the platforms and technologies are refined, many software vendors are evaluating the move to cloud. Being a fairly new and emerging technology, there is a need to evaluate the value of migration to cloud at minimal cost.

" Cloud Computing Australia : Cloud Computing - Two Things to Move to it Today"

Cloud Computing - Two Things to Move to it Today

 In this article, we will look at two pieces of software that a vendor can move to the cloud without a negative impact, and in fact benefiting from inherent strengths of the cloud platforms. These are meaningful and progressive steps towards the cloud that have a very good chance of being in the mainstream cloud when the air clears around it.

Identify your Whole Product pieces and move them to a cloud-enabled data center

Every product has bells and whistles that create a complete experience for the users. In product management parlance, this is called the Whole Product or Augmented Product, as opposed to just the software. Following are some examples of whole product:

  1. All the rich content around a trip planning website such as city guides, attractions and images
  2. User Generated Content (UGC): The traditional definition of Whole Product included only the stuff that product managers and companies included to complement the user experience of their product. For example, the iTunes Store completed the iPod user experience. In the Web 2.0 realm, user generated content is one such item. Moving out the augmented product pieces to the cloud is a smart idea for two reasons. Firstly, it is usually safe to say that the augmented pieces are an essential, but non-core part of your product that you would want to manage easily and efficiently without losing your focus on the core. Secondly, UGC and other content are a big part of user experience these days, and are inherently very elastic and unpredictable in growth. Cloud computing will enable you to manage and scale them very effectively.

Move data with complex structural requirements to the cloud

Traditional way of looking at data has been in a relational model or maybe a hierarchical model. Any other complex view of data was modeled in these forms and the resulting performance hit was handled by de-normalization and other techniques. However, with the explosion of data that we have seen in the last few years, these models seem to be breaking at the seams.

So, the erstwhile taxonomy of entity, relationships, joins etc. is being fast replaced by priorities like replication, redundancy, partitioning and folksonomy. As you can imagine, these requirements actually end up requiring a whole lot of computing power and scalability. Enter cloud computing. All cloud computing platforms sport multiple data modeling architectures. Amazon uses SimpleDB, Google has BigTable and Microsoft has SQL Data Services, which supports Queue, (Non-relational) Tables and Blobs. Any part of your application that you think has been force-fitted into an RDBMS structure is best moved to this newer paradigm of data management. Some examples of such complex information are:

  1. Tagging: When I first started using GMail, I was blown away by their email “Labeling” feature. Labels allow you to “tag” your email by different names. Labeling is clearly superior to using folders, since if you tag an email as Work, Project and Web 2.0, you have not one, but three different ways of reaching the email. So, few years of GMail use later, I struggle today with the idea of having “folders” in my email client. Tagging or labeling of information is just not practically suited for RDBMS or hierarchical databases. So, if you have or plan to use tagging or folksonomy in your product, you would do well to move it to the cloud.
  2. Data-centric applications that have multiple interconnections between nodes: This is quite self-explanatory, but there are many data intensive applications out there that can benefit from a rethink in the way their data is modeled. This harks back to the force-fitting I alluded to earlier, and you would be clearly making the right move by moving it to the cloud.

Seen from the perspective of data modeling then, cloud computing becomes a piece of an extremely important puzzle. You need scalability in using some of these newer data models, and cloud computing is your best bet to be able to do that properly.

Shivesh Vishwanathan
Harbinger Systems – Your partner in technology innovation

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