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Clouds, Farms, Spheres, & (IaaS) | Cloud Computing Part 2

IT Executives, IT Managers, IT engineers, and IT Support professionals and inundated with new technical jargon on a daily basis. Some of it comes from marketing execs who figure out the best way to get techs and the consumer market to adopt this terminology in a palatable form, some of it also comes from IT engineers and geeks who need a way to refer to the work that they are developing. Either way, we are stuck with it and it will get rammed down our throats by everyone trying to sell it from Large Hosting companies to Spammers. Even your Amazons, and Yellow Pages of the world try and get in on it.

The least you need to know is benefits, features, and bottom line, does it need to be a necessary part of business. IT infrastructures are ever changing and ever expanding. It’s hard to keep up and everyone promises the right solutions. We will try and help you get to the bottom of it without any promotional speak or hardware/software prejudice. The IT industry is filled with bias towards particular products, brands, methodologies. As experienced professionals we stick to what works best for each business regardless of any ideologies or misguided loyalties 😉 (that’s a dig at the geeks who get too personally attached to technology)

Infrastructure as a service is the most basic cloud service model where basically you connect your computers, which usually act a virtual machines or terminals, to a an external Data Center (Cloud) which controls all aspects of your computing environment. This is obviously a simplified explanation, but that’s it in a nutshell.

Pros: Provides the most control and centralized security & stability. Scalability and overall management is a cinch.

Cons: Large changes are easier, but small environmental changes can be tricky. Centralized control causes less admin headaches and can be a time saver, but Power users are not as happy and innovative software hardware changes are not conducive in this environment.

Bottom line: Good for control, security, stability, scalability, and efficiency. Works well for financial institutions, call centers, medical facilities, medium to larger companies. Bad for evolving environments where hardware, software, direction is often changing. Typically bad for small startups, micro-businesses, and anyone with less than 10 computers. Initial cost can be high, so make sure there is a powerful ROI before making this move.

.Next article coming soon.

 

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