by Dinesh Thakur

  Cloud Computing

Cloud Computing is a model that allows access to a shared pool of configurable computing resource (eg. networks, servers, storage, applications, and services) network on demand. Cloud computing literally, is the use of remote servers (usually accessible via the Internet) to process or store information. Access is usually using a Web browser. Save files on a server via the Internet is one example. The software itself can be mounted also on the remote computer.

Cloud computing is the best solution to manage your applications yourself; it is a shared multi-tenant platform that is supported. When using an application running in the cloud, you simply connect to it, customize it and use it. It's that simple, cloud computing!

Today, Millions of us are happy to use a variety of applications in the cloud, such as applications of CRM, HR, accounting, and even business applications. These applications based in the cloud can be operational in a few days is not possible with traditional enterprise software. They are cheap because you do not have to invest in hardware and software, or to spend money for the configuration and maintenance of complex layers of technology or to finance facilities to run them. And they are more scalable, more secure and reliable than most applications. In addition, upgrades are supported, so that your applications automatically benefit from all the improvements of safety and performance available, as well as new features.

Advantages and Disadvantages

The advantage of cloud computing is twofold. It is a file backup shape. It also allows working on the same document for several jobs (one person or a nomad traveling) of various types (or PC, tab or smartphone).

Cloud computing simplifies usage by allowing overcoming the constraints of traditional computer tools (installation and updating of software, storage, data portability ...). Cloud computing also provides more elasticity and agility because it allows faster access to IT resources (server, storage or bandwidth) via a simple web portal and thus without investing in additional hardware.

NIST counts three service models:

Cloud Software as a Service (SaaS): the user has the possibility to use the service provider's applications over the network. These applications are accessed via different interfaces, thin client, Web browser, mobile devices ... The customer manages and does not control the underlying cloud infrastructure including network, servers, operating systems, databases , storage, but can possibly benefit from access to restricted configurations, specific to user categories.

Cloud Platform as a Service (PaaS): the consumer can deploy cloud infrastructure on its own applications. The user manages and does not control the underlying cloud infrastructure (network, servers, operating systems, databases, storage), but has control over the deployed applications and the ability to configure the environment of application hosting.

Cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS): the client can rent storage, processing power, network and other computing resources. The user manages and does not control the underlying cloud infrastructure but has control over databases , operating systems, and applications deployed.

According to corporate approaches, there are several deployment models for cloud services:

Public cloud: This type of infrastructure is accessible to a wide audience and belongs to a provider of "cloud services."

Private cloud: The cloud infrastructure works for one organization. It can be managed by the company itself (internal Private Cloud). In the latter case, the infrastructure is dedicated to the company and accessible via secure VPN-type networks.
The Cloud Community: The infrastructure is shared by several organizations that have common interests (e.g safety requirements, compliance ...). As private cloud, it can be managed by the organizations themselves or by third parties.
Hybrid cloud: Infrastructure consists of two or more clouds (private, Community or Public), which remain unique entities but are bound together by standardized or proprietary technology, enabling data portability or applications.

Cloud Computing Benefits and Limitations

The Benefits ofCloud Computing (Cloud Computing)

Cost Reduction: Cloud computing is seen as an incremental investment, companies can save money in the long term by obtaining resources.

Storage increase: instead of purchasing large amounts of storage before the need, organizations can increase storage incrementally, requesting additional disk space on the service provider when the need is recognized.

Resource pooling: in the IT industry, this feature is also known as Multi-tenancy, where many users / clients share a type and varied level of resources.

Highly automated: As the software and hardware requirements are hosted on a cloud provider, IT departments sites no longer have to worry about keeping the things-to-date and available.

Greater mobility: Once the information is stored in the cloud, access it is quite simple, just you have an Internet connection, regardless of where they are located.
Change the IT focus: Once the responsibility of the computing environment has,
essentially shifted to the cloud provider, IT departments can now focus more on the organization's needs and the development of strategic applications and tactics and not on operational needs of the day-to-day.

Towards Green IT: By releasing the physical space, virtualization of applications and servers contributes to the reduction of equipment as well as the need for air conditioning, consequently, less energy waste.

Keep updated things: Similar to change the IT focus, this benefit is because of the new demands of providers cloud services, ie, the focus of providers is to monitor and maintain the most recent tools and techniques for the contractor.

Quick elasticity: this characteristic has to do with the fundamental aspects of Cloud flexibility and elasticity. For example, the web shops carry a standard amount of transactions during the year, but it is necessary to increase near Christmas time. And of course these stores do not want to pay for that capacity at peak during the rest of the year.
Measurement service: which means services monitored, controlled and reported. This feature allows a model of pay-per-use service, or pay for use. It has similarities with the concept of telephone service packages where you pay a standard signature to basic levels, and paid extra for the additional service, without changing the contract.

The limitations of Cloud Computing (Cloud Computing)

The various problem areas for cloud computing environments are:

Security: As the data are no longer in their own organization, security becomes a major issue and questions must be answered, such as: Data is protected as adequate? There is a hacker-proof system? Can you meet the requirements regulations and government for privacy? How do you discover the leak information? Note also that corporate governance is always very concerned about the data that is stored outside the organization.
Location and Data Privacy: Where the data is stored? How data is
stored? The provider has adequate security for data in places where they are stored?
Internet addiction: Since the cloud features are not available on the local network, you have to worry about the availability of the Internet. If you lose access to the Internet out, what that happens to your cloud computing environment? If your service provider increasing period unavailability, what you do with your employees and customers? What do you do in case of increased latency or delays the answers?

Levels of availability and service: Most organizations are familiar with the agreements
service levels. The service level agreement specifies the amount of service capacity that
someone has to provide, along with the penalties for not providing this level of service. How you can be sure that the cloud service provider has sufficient resources to maintain
a service level agreement you signed with them?