Understanding Cloud

25 May

Are you hearing the term everywhere and not sure what it is?

If you are using hotmail, twitter, itunes, dropbox, ebay or use business applications such as Salesforce.com, congratulations – you are already a cloud user. Cloud is the current technology buzzword. I was asked to do a research on ‘the possibility of migrating to cloud environment’ for an accounting firm, and I have gone through like 100 articles, forums, research papers and actually downloading trial versions of some cloud applications.

Wikepedia defines ‘cloud computing’ as: “The practice of using a network of remote servers hosted on the Internet to store, manage, and process data, rather than a local server”.

So, it is simply shifting everything a server or any storage device can hold to a remote server on the internet. And everything can be accessed wherever you are using an internet connection.

Cloud Services include the delivery of software, infrastructure, and storage over the Internet (either as separate components or a complete platform) based on user demand.

The Cloud world has as main participants (i) the end user who doesn’t have to know anything about the underlying technology; (ii) Business management who needs to take responsibility for the governance of data or services living in a cloud; and (iii) the cloud service provider who is responsible for IT assets and maintenance.

Tips: Now the first hint is to keep the cloud chain as small as you can.

The next few/many posts will be what I learnt and my own resume and summary about the cloud. Keep tuned!

– Maliha Bhugalee

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