Friday, 5 March 2010

The Cloud: What It Is and How to Use It

If you listen to the IBM advertisements on television "The Cloud" is described as a "workload optimized service management platform" but what does that mean? Basically, in the most simplistic form, the Cloud is a virtual data center. That is it! People often ask me to explain what it is, how it is used and why is it so popular? Usually, to avoid the deer in the headlights look by trying to explain what an optimized workload is, I will usually explain that it is a virtual data center. However, there are unique characteristics that allow it to be referred to as the Cloud. First, it is usually fully virtualized and accessed via the internet (or cloud), whether it is a virtual private or public network. The technical concept actually isn't new.

Companies have been implementing their own virtual private data centers for years. However, now companies are looking to adopt cloud computing as a service to help reduce costs as well as time to implement new infrastructure, service platform or software application. One of the fastest growing areas of cloud services is utilizing it for disaster recovery and or improving recovery time objectives for storage backup processes.

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Daniel said...

Why is the cloud or cloud computing a mystery? Isn't it a model for enabling convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of computing resources? The resources are networks, servers, storage, apps and services. And, if I were asked to locate the physical location of these devices in the cloud, I'd point to a data center.