By Dr. Mark I. Williams
The newest jargon within the electronic international, "cloud computing" leaves many small-business proprietors scratching their heads. At its least difficult, cloud computing allows companies to put off servers and masses in their different IT via working their software program online. Web-based electronic mail courses like Yahoo or Hotmail are examples of cloud-based purposes; Microsoft is making its whole workplace suite to be had loose within the cloud; Google and others even have productiveness suites within the cloud. Dr. Williams eschews the jargon and advertising hype generated by means of IT proprietors and is helping enterprise proprietors imagine basically approximately how cloud computing might aid increase their business. He addresses fears regarding facts safety and company continuity and in addition examines how cloud computing can influence a business's carbon footprint. Case reports clarify how companies similar to Dell and the recent York instances have used cloud computing to their virtue.
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Extra resources for A Quick Start Guide to Cloud Computing: Moving Your Business Into the Cloud
Firstly, how forthcoming is the provider regarding their systems and operations, do they address satisfactorily the risks identified in this chapter, and are they inspected regularly and thoroughly by independent specialists? Secondly, how critical is your project to your business and how sensitive is any data that may be stored or processed in the cloud? 1. 1 A simple risk calculator for cloud computing If your project has low business importance then you may decide to spend little time performing due diligence checks, leaving you with unknown risk, which may eventually become a problem if your project is a success and its importance increases; but if you do perform adequate checks of provider transparency then your ‘unimportant’ cloud use has low risk, which is the safest position to be in.
SUMMARY In this chapter I described some of the benefits of cloud computing. Key summary points Financial benefits include pay-per-use IT, operational expenditure and reduced IT management costs. Technological benefits include rapidly scalable computing on demand, access anywhere and future proofing. Operational benefits include fewer IT administration tasks, remote access, online collaboration and faster software development and deployment. There are environmental benefits from sharing resources and reduced travel, but whether cloud computing is good for the environment overall is debatable.
But are your internal IT infrastructures really more reliable than public clouds? 1). 9 per cent availability for Google Apps Premier Edition. DATA LOSS A major argument for placing computing resources into a public cloud is to remove a troublesome burden for your business and let someone else worry about data back-ups and failover systems. But unless your cloud computing provider has completely redundant systems in multiple geographical locations and can explain exactly how they recover from disasters, with evidence of successful test recoveries, then you should still worry.