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In this posting, I summarize my prior three posts on the three cloud computing offerings: Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Software as a Service (SaaS). I concentrate how the three offerings differ with respect to flexibility, maintenance and portability. One of the greatest challenges companies face when moving to the cloud is security. Thus I will devote an entire blog post in the future, to security concerns. Flexibility How much flexibility do you have with each offering? What can you change or modify within each cloud offering to suit your needs? Can you modify the software, the look-and-feel, the branding, the hardware even the source code with each cloud offering? Maintenance How much do you need to maintain with each cloud offering? Do you need to hire programmers, data analysts, system administrators or just application... (more)

Four Minute Lesson on Infrastructure as a Service

As a follow up to my article on Infrastructure as a Service, here is a four minute video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6u-KkD53_Y   ... (more)

Security in the Public Cloud Is a Shared Responsibility

When you host applications in the public cloud, you assume partial responsibility for securing the application. The cloud provider, for example Amazon Web Services (AWS), secures the physical data center (with locked badge entry doors, fences, guards etc) in addition to securing the physical network with perimeter firewalls. This is no significant change from how you secure your corporate datacenter. Just like you enhance the security of physical and virtual servers in your datacenter with host-based firewalls (ip tables, Windows firewall), anti-virus and intrusion detection, so... (more)

Cloud Computing Easily Understood - SaaS

In prior blog posts, I described Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS). To recap: If I use IaaS I get servers onto which I can load software and applications which I then maintain, though I don't need to maintain the hardware. I can customize the applications and software running on the servers, at will. If I use PaaS, I get a platform of ready to use web servers, application servers, databases etc. I write my own software application and host it at the PaaS provider. I maintain the software I write, but not the application servers, databases or ha... (more)

Overview of the OpenStack Cloud

Overview OpenStack is an Infrastructure as a Service offering. (see my prior post for an explanation of IaaS). OpenStack is an OpenSource project, founded by RackSpace, NASA and others. OpenStack can be deployed as a public or private cloud. The OpenStack projects are: CINDER, GLANCE, KEYSTONE, NOVA, QUANTUM, SWIFT. OpenStack Compute: (NOVA) Project NOVA, or OpenStack Compute, provisions and manages on-demand virtual machines and associated resources: CPU, Memory, Disk and Network. Virtual machines can be started, stopped, suspended, created and deleted, while network options for a ... (more)