1. What’s the Hype about Cloud– Everyone hears it, knows what it is!
Like any newly introduced technology with high potential sees a hype and floods the techno-commercial markets, the Cloud too is enjoying all the fame as the forthcoming geek attraction which promises to ease out data management. By the way, now, cloud has been all said and done after going viral & spreading a technical fever, heating up the seats of IT Managers. The reliever is that None deny, all agree that we’re all in the “Cloud Era”.
2. But why is Cloud all over the market and why is it making the News?
That’s because the Cloud was seen to be a Big Fish in the sea. That loaded dark Cloud in the Sky which flashed lightening with thunders initially and finally poured in, heavily. On the digital earth, it was estimated to become almost a new wireless wonder.
The cloud is a tech-freak, it takes all your data on a centralized platform, without having to strike the physical techno-strings. It runs virtually.
However mind you, it is not an Alien from a different planet. It isn’t something which is completely different from technology already seen and developed and implemented. It is just a cord less in the Datacenters, IT hubs, IT rooms of small-to-large businesses and even privately owned devices of a common man.
3. How many have actually Switched to cloud? More so, are people practically making the switch to the Hyped Cloud?
More than 60% use the cloud globally. 95% of the Americans have already used the cloud in some or the other forms like online banking, social networking. 54% of US business organizations have boarded the private or the public cloud, which means less than half of the US market is yet to set their activities on cloud.
The tweak in the tale is that many pretty much don’t know what cloud is all about, however they do pretend to know the name of the game and vice-versa. No matter what but it’s definite that they are using the technology conveniently.
4. Are they business owners? Business societies? Or Individuals with just their own Personal Websites? Can my business run on cloud? Can my website or application run on cloud?
Anybody Can Cloud. You can be anyone, wanting to gain faster access to any form of data. Since cloud has centralized your data, you are able to access it from your home, your cabin, your office or while traveling or just simply working. “Be Online” is the slogan. The only tool you need to have is the Internet Connectivity on your device which could be a laptop, a desk machine, a home PC, a mobile or a tablet. Yes, as per your requirements, you need to weigh options to choose the right cloud to best suit your work type.
5. How would you Define Cloud in a single line?
Gartner defines cloud computing as a style of computing in which scalable and elastic IT-enabled capabilities are delivered as a service using Internet technologies.
6. What is a cloud Made up of? Can I touch my cloud, see my cloud or feel my cloud?
Your Cloud is usually a virtual server or a combination of virtual servers available on the Internet where information is centralized and information accessibility is globalized, on-demand.
Basically, the fluffy white stuff i.e. cloud it is nothing but a cluster of dedicated servers connected together in a single network. The virtual edition of servers gives cloud its unique attribute and ability to centralize the data and reduce complexity of data management- A good reason for the HYPE.
7. Why have they switched to Cloud? What are the Benefits of Cloud that have probably changed the pros of olden golden ways into cons?
The cloud has terminated the need to install (and reinstall), set-up or configure a new machine each time to access an application or a database. Since there was no central location to extract the data from, it was essential to onset it each time you work on a different device. Once you onset information on the cloud, you are able to witness it, anywhere by just being on the internet. This way, cloud users dramatically exhaust their capital expenditures in procuring hardware or software which was required in case of traditional computing.
Automatic Scaling is a feature which only the Cloud can offer, computing resources can be automatically scaled, stretched or compressed as-you-go in contrast to the traditional methods of manual scaling with necessary human intervention. A cloud is usually setup virtually, on the other hand traditional environments are a mix of physical and virtualized infrastructure. For cloud users, there are however some degree of controls to lose since they allow a data release on the centralized network. Although, this also could be a misconception since there are cloud providers who take the data security part seriously and have advanced tools to ensure that user’s data is secure, which a regular user may never have.
8. What do people use Cloud for?
Storage, Security, Collaboration and So on. Normally, a user’s device like a mobile, laptop or a tablet device is restricted in capacity but high on costs. Cloud users more effectively use their low-capacity physical devices by accessing data from the cloud i.e they can onset, offset their applications at a lowered cost, remotely. Unlike traditional on site hosting, the cloud can flex in and flex out as per your resource needs, you pay-as-you-go. Like we see, features like scaling of resources and remote access will be factors in fading away of traditional on-site hosting, with cloud users enjoying advantages of resource-upgrades, switching apps on the fly. The ‘but’ here is migrating data between applications, it looks like a challenge to be faced by cloud.
9. Do I need to be a tech-guru, if I Wish to switch to cloud? Are any skills required?
Your well-versed cloud provider does the needful for your business. However, the knowledge about newly formed cloud technology should seep within you before contacting a cloud provider. Necessarily, your cloud provider needs a stream of skills to give you the perfect cloud solution – these skills include Programming, Storage Engineering, Project Management and importantly Security. There are creative cloud innovators who are passionately seeking towards improving cloud technology, working in line with cloud organizations.
10. Are there any cloud Types considering the cloud hypes? What are they, if there are?
Yes. The types of cloud are different than types of cloud services.
A cloud can be Private, Public, Hybrid or a Community Cloud so as to match varying business types/requirements.
Whereas Cloud Services have been Layered, IaaS forming the foundation (base) layer, PaaS forming the middle layer and SaaS – the topmost layer. The cloud service models have been invented and re-invented by multiple cloud vendors so that they can deliver IT infrastructure and Software as a Service over the Internet with the best consumable benefits.
11. Which cloud type suits my business type?
Ultimately boils down to exact Requirements of your business. For instance, if you are a startup in the industry or an SME with small resource-requirements leaning towards greater flexibility, or a well-established brand name with large requirements focusing on high security OR an organization strategizing to reduce substantially on manpower by deploying everything towards a cloud provider. There can be any permutation-combination of needs. To pledge by such oscillating requirements, your cloud provider should be flexible to offer you a Public cloud where resources can be shared and scaled virtually, a Private cloud with strict security parameters with data residing on premise OR a hybrid cloud offering advantages of both Private and Public Clouds.
12. Would the Virtual Machine handle my data well?
Cloud Storage in fact is seen as the shiniest star in this context, with half of the revenues estimated to be derived from it i.e. just by handling your data on the Virtual Machine. Users have found a way to store their data on the Storage offered by Cloud, also an off-site system to save your data maintained by a third party. They claim -Save your data on a hard drive or local device NO MORE, there is a remote database. Convenience of accessing data and Flexibility are two things caused by Cloud Storage. To be explicit just like the wiki, your cloud storage is comprised of many resources acting as one, highly Fault tolerant and durable and easily consistent with data replicas.
13. But, why do you call it CLOUD and not Virtual Machines or Central Network Computing?
The name “Cloud” came from an abstract cloud drawing which stylishly represented the telephone network and then, internet for its underlying infrastructure. At the same time, the double ‘c’ in cloud computing alliterate with each other.
14. And what is The Striking Difference between Traditional Hosting and a Cloud?
An important Goal of cloud computing is to apply traditional supercomputing or high performance computing power to perform trillions of computations per second to produce the outcomes of highly available and accessible personalized/ business information being derived from the cloud’s massive storage. Yet, the key difference are loss of high upfront costs of traditionally used hardware AND the compulsory use of Internet to access information.
15. If I make the switch, will my data be secure on the cloud, as it seems to be all-virtual.
Security is a bit of a concern and any cloud provider guaranteeing a 100% secure private/public /hybrid cloud is lying. However, good cloud providers will always have a keen understanding of who’s accessing what, limiting data access, extending security to the device, adding Intelligence to network protection and building in the ability to see through cloud, WITH their close-to-absolute secure cloud architecture. Normal users don’t have the advantage of securing their own data.
16. So I need to consider a good cloud provider. BUT how do Cloud Providers differentiate from each other?
Knowing what your computing needs are will play a major role in choosing Your cloud host. Hosts differ in the kind of cloud services they provide, pricing structures, cloud security assurance, datacenter locations, data recovery policies, customer support services, “Provision of Resource Scaling”, downtime history, cloud setups and data access norms. Firstly, design a matrix defining business needs. Later, allow cloud provider to design the service delivery model for your business type.
17. How do I board the Cloud as a first timer and choose a good cloud provider?
It would be wise to consider a provider which is ‘One-size-fits-all’ and simultaneously flexible to your business needs. Check the country which meets your data privacy requirements, build a natural tendency to go with high-end data security for which developing companies are taking the extra mile effort.
18. What seems to be the future of Cloud? Will it be too cloudy that the physical machines will disappear behind the clouds?
More startup organizations will move towards Public Cloud, large organizations towards Private Cloud, perhaps the Hybrid cloud will also enjoy its fame in the times to come. However, the fact remains that the clichéd cloud runs on a set of physical machines, successfully.