For many companies it can be cheaper to buy the same infrastructure as in cloud computing. This is the conclusion from the consulting and advisor company McKinsey & Company. The report assuming that many companies want to use a shared sky, which many european companies will not do. Most companies does not ike the fact that their data is not encrypted and available on Amazon or Google Servers. If you want to build and maintain your own PRIVATE SKY it is actually cheaper than the costs for estabishment and maintaing running on the most know brands of Cloud Computing Providers. It is because that existing equipment can be re-used.
The compare system is by using the prices from Amazon EC2, and it turns out that Amazon is higher insted of buying your own equipment and use it as Server Hosting or Outsourcing in a ordinary Hosting Center. Many other companies such as Appriro agree that it is cheaper when we talk about SAAS – Software As A Service. McKinsey is setting the price pr. processor in a arge datacenter to 45 dollars pr. month. Garntner Group does not agree, as they tel the prices are much lower and thereby there is a bigger benefit for the provider.
Verinet’s CTO, Steen Clausen says: “Only when you compare with PAAS – Platform As A Service you may consider tranfering your data to a foreign company like Amazon. In the Nordic Countries which has a very high penetration of using new technologies such as Cloud Computing on the market, most companies will feel safer by letting their local Server Hosting Center taking care of the data and servers.
This is the reason that not many companies moves to EC as they feel unsafe about the question to let a company with long distances and also different timezones taking care of their data and services. Also there is the lack of ENCRYPTION of your data in the known american services today unlike Verinet which is offering datasecurity which is certified and with 1.024 bit encrytion in real time, but even if they will upgrade to safe computing we doubt that any major company in the Nordic Countries actually will take such decision. Today many customers locally runs GOOGLE APPS, Microsoft Office, Open Office and many other ERP/CMS systems as a service in a datacenter using VMWARE, CITRIX or Microsoft products – and this is the major best breed strategic decision.
Cloud computing is the most important technology since WEB2. Cloud Computing is a hosting service and so called Internet-based “CLOUD” which use a number of rackservers or blade servers to provide one Unified Cloud. In such a unified Cloud you may have all your company’s or country’s software and data. Virtualization technology is used for many different operating systems and for safety you may ad unlimited Clustering technology with Load Balancing for automatic fail over for services. On the software part it uses SaaS, Software as a Service like on a normal LAN. As clients you may use PC, Notbooks, PDA and also thin clients. For Hosting and SaaS Providers The Virtual Private Datacenter can be delivered in just a few minutes.
According to Gartner Research:
“Cloud Computing will be as influential as E-business”
According to Gartner there is no doubt that Cloud Computing will change the way we use servers, and it will also be a more Green Solution to choose. According to IEEE Internet Computing “Cloud Computing is a paradigm in which information is permanently stored in servers on the Internet and cached temporarily on clients that include desktops, entertainment centers, table computers, notebooks, wall computers, handhelds, sensors, monitors, etc.” Some of the synonyms has been Grid Computing and Elastic Computing.
Cloudcenter facilities with IAAS
Cloud computing is a SaaS product for incorporation of “Software as a Service”, Web 2.0 and many other technologies and trends. Many of the known Cloud Computing companies like Amazon and Microsoft is now having trouble times ahead from the Open Source communities and the Server Hosting Center Providers. The Open Source Cloud Computing is making it possible to use your own systems for the Cloud Computing Sky.
Currently used systems is comparable and compatible with Amazons EC2, Microsoft, Grid Community and your own system backend with IAAS = InfraStructure As A Service.
Cloud Computing and Virtualization overview
At the current moment the support is for the fowllinf Cloud Computing Standards and companies:
Cloud Computing Best Practices with Virtualization and Clustering
Private Cloud Computing
Cloud Computing Virtualization and Clustering for Private Open Sky / Server Farms / Vendors
IaaS – Infrastructure as a Service, PaaS – Platform as a Service & SaaS – Software as a Service
Support for Amazon EC2 Web Services, Microsoft Azure Cloud Computing, Google App Engine
Products like 10Gen, Enomaly, Reservoir, OpenNebula, Eucalyptus, Nimbus from The Globus Alliance
Linux (9 vendors), Unix (3 vendors) and Windows Server 2008 platforms in mix as you wish
Support for MS SQL, MySQL, Oracle, Sybase & PostGresSQL, EnterpriseDB and Database Clustering
Support for 3PAR, EMC, DELL, HP, IBM, Sun, MogleFS and many more
Virtualization by Citrix Xen, Microsoft HyperV, SunXVM, VMWARE and many more