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Question by vijay: Looking for creative business name dealing in cloud computing?
Starting a new business in cloud computing. Most of .com are taken. This will be a great help.

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Answer by Samantha
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Opening for business: your new cloud?

 

Cloud computing is high on the agenda for all UK businesses, particularly for companies with substantial IT infrastructure – hosting providers, and large enterprises. 

Hosting companies have a substantial market opportunity selling more flexible, profitable cloud services to traditional dedicated and shared hosting customers – who in turn want the increased reliability, convenience and pay-per-use pricing of the cloud. In the enterprise, IT infrastructure is in transition from silos of compute and storage to private clouds capable of flexible resource allocation, greater scalability, increased utilisation and better cost efficiency.

Whether building a private cloud for internal users, or a public cloud on which to host paying customers, the first challenge is finding the best way to “cloud-enable” that IT infrastructure.

While some companies build their own clouds from scratch, the quickest path to the cloud, for most, is to invest in a third party cloud deployment and management tool. There are many available, and this is a guide to the ten things a would-be cloud businesses should consider when choosing the right tool, and the right provider, to help build and manage their cloud.

 

 

 

Top of the list of concerns for most cloud deployment projects: how much it will cost, how long it will take, and how can we ensure return on investment?

A good cloud software provider will know what you need now to address these fundamentals, with clear pricing and implementation timelines, and a clear view of how your cloud will provide maximum value to your business.

Their product roadmap is just as important, however. They should already be working on what your customers will need in future and what development you will require as your cloud and the market matures. Find out what features are planned, including specific integrations, hypervisor support, available virtual machine templates, or support for a range of hardware or billing models. Identify which will add commercial value to your business, and challenge your provider to do the same.

as with any critical business application, make sure you choose a provider with real understanding and experience of what businesses need to successfully deploy a public or private cloud.

 

Whilst most data centres are already virtualised, at least in part, this is not the same as cloud computing.

There are lots of different products that claim to be able to “cloud enable” your infrastructure. Not all clouds are created equal however. One example of this is high availability and failover: if you don’t have failover, you don’t really have a cloud – it’s a fundamental characteristic.

The type of cloud capability also varies greatly between software platforms. Check if it supports public, private, hybrid or VPS cloud, or all of them. Other key areas of differentiation are set-up time, load balancing, auto scaling, automated billing, secure multi-tenancy, firewalling, hypervisor support and speed of provisioning for virtual machines.

Look for as much automated capability as possible for the kind of cloud hosting you plan to deliver, to avoid costly human input for provisioning and management.

not all cloud products are created equal. Insist on functionality that gives you maximum automation and efficiency. Above all, find a product that gives you the flexibility to adapt to the market as it evolves.

 

Now is the time to bring public cloud services to market for hosts. Today, cloud hosting margins are as high as 50% with low customer acquisition costs. A land grab is underway fuelled by customer demand; rapid deployment of public cloud services is not just a “nice to have”. Even six months from now the market landscape will be dramatically more competitive. Similarly, demand for private cloud infrastructure within the enterprise is accelerating.

Guaranteed speed of deployment to cloud-readiness from your chosen cloud software provider is essential. They need to show evidence of a bug-free platform, proven deployment and examples of the software in action. This is where expertise in real-world cloud deployment, and your industry, really starts to count. Cloud software providers with a tailored product have built in understanding of what it takes to deliver IT services on-demand: user and billing management, skills in server, network and SAN set-up, security, and integration with major technology vendors. Aim for a complete implementation within a couple of weeks; in six months you could be too late.

a lengthy cloud deployment increases the risk of late entry into the public cloud hosting market where early adopters have become established leaders. For enterprises, slow cloud transition risks both the need for fresh capital expenditure on new hardware and operational inefficiency of the existing infrastructure. Measure your deployment in days, not months.

 

Every planned transition to cloud computing will be carefully scrutinised in terms of cost. Launching a public cloud business for hosts requires complete transparency from your cloud software provider. Similarly, going live with an internal cloud for the enterprise demands clear cost structures to accurately budget for the lifetime of the project. Examine published prices carefully and ensure financial modelling on an operational basis fits with business requirements.

The ideal scenario is to run a proof of concept with the cloud software provider before committing. There may be a small investment required to build a working cloud and test the software, but you should not need to invest huge sums up front: best-in-class functionality can be had without much investment, or on a free trial basis.

Get the basics right by understanding what investment is required from you up front, the ongoing pricing model and contractual terms. Then, keep a keen eye for any hidden costs in set-up, deployment and integration. SAN set-up can often be an additional hidden cost, and support also appears as an extra with some providers.

the cloud management software market is increasingly competitive, and best-in-class functionality can be yours for little or no up-front investment. You need to have a very good reason to insist on software with monolithic licensing and prices for integration, implementation and support.

 

Billing flexibility is critical in any cloud computing environment. In public clouds, billing flexibility drives profitability for the host, and at the same time gives cloud customers more choice.  The more things a host can measure and charge for – CPU, RAM, storage space and so on – the better they will be able to design cloud services with the features and pricing different kinds of customer require, at a price point that makes sense. In private clouds, billing flexibility is more about efficient use of resources, by enabling accurate measurement of resource usage, and financial transparency for reporting, cross-charging or cost allocation purposes.

In each scenario, your cloud management software’s billing functionality is critical. The minimum standard should include options to bill for CPU cores and share; disk space, both as primary and backup; RAM; IPs and bandwidth; and IOPS. Billing ability for multiple tiers of resource and the ability to charge for idle or reserved resources is also advantageous. Finally, check the terms of utility billing. Not every customer wants to pay as they go, so look for a cloud management product that offers daily, weekly and monthly models, or a mixture.

Integration is also important here. Whatever type of cloud is being deployed, it’s important to understand the cloud software’s compatibility with existing billing engines or internal charging systems. Check which standard integrations have already been built, and who will pay for any integration work required.

don’t assume that moving to the cloud means you have to adopt new billing platforms and utility billing models and a small set of billing options. Billing flexibility will be critical to the success of your cloud project.

 

Whether a cloud is built on high-end racks or much less impressive hardware, the resources provisioned to customers and users are the same: a CPU resource is just a CPU resource. In spite of this, however, it is important to consider what hardware a cloud management product enables you to build your cloud on.

Different approaches to cloud deployment and virtualisation have different kinds of hardware requirements: some insist on homogenous hypervisor servers, for example, while other products can create clouds from a mix of hardware. Enterprise data centres tend to house a set of best-of-breed vendors, and are more likely to offer a standard hardware platform for cloud creation. Some hosting providers will have comparable hardware: others will be looking for ways to utilise older servers.

Both public and private cloud operators, however, will benefit from cloud enabling products that support the broadest possible mix of hardware for hypervisor servers and SANs. Not only does this provide more flexibility in the way a cloud is architected, it provides the potential for more efficient use of hardware in the future. Hardware that is due for a refresh may find a new lease of life provisioning CPU and RAM resources in the cloud.

 

compatibility in server and storage hardware is a critical success factor for cloud projects. Focus on platforms that support the widest range of hardware types and performance levels; that enable you to re-use your existing servers and SANs; and providers that can help with any hardware investment you need to make.

 

 

 

 

IOPS monitoring (disk Inputs/Outputs Per Second) is central to cloud efficiency and performance. Most cloud providers – public or private, have the ability to assign chunks of CPU and storage resource to a customer or internal user, and of course measure and if required bill for those resources. Being able to do the same for IOPS, however, is much rarer.

IOPS monitoring is important because of the dependence cloud computing has on storage performance: a single virtual machine may consume minimal CPU and RAM, but generate intensive disk access and reduce disk performance for other users. In public clouds this is easy to mitigate by charging more for heavy IOPS users. In private clouds, there may be interdepartmental charges involved, and there will certainly be value in simply understanding how IOPS performance impacts overall cloud performance. If a cloud platform doesn’t handle IOPS, either find one that does or accept the potential for lower profitability and performance.

Tiered storage in the cloud is another consideration for distributing IOPS and maintaining performance levels. Multiple tiers of storage from multiple sources, and multiple disks per virtual machine, can go a long way to alleviating potential IOPS bottlenecks – and therefore, performance problems for customers. This is also a key feature to look for in cloud management software.

unless you have good reason, avoid cloud management systems that cannot monitor IOPS or that don’t offer flexible tiered storage and swap disks. 

Another area to focus on is how well a cloud management product handles user permissions and limits. Granularity is the secret here. The more control a cloud platform provides over what users are allowed to do, the better it will be at delivering services tailored to the precise needs of those users.

 

As a minimum, hosts need a simple way of controlling permissions and limits to create all of the typical user types – standard users, VIP or power users, resellers, and their own L1/L2/L3 support teams. Beyond this, look for cloud management software that will enable you to offer premium and add-on services by enabling you to set up different user types with access to specific management features – higher-performing storage, remote access to virtual machines, advanced backup options, and so on.

 

In the enterprise, IT leaders need to balance performance to the user with resource efficiency. The ability to categorise users, and control their profiles and permissions, allows private cloud operators to optimise sharing and allocation of resources to users across the business.

 

look for cloud software that gives you granular control of user limits and permissions, with an API that lets you exploit that control to create exactly the cloud service your customers need. 

Self-service is a fundamental characteristic of the cloud. The cloud’s back-end may be complex, but the front-end UI should be simple enough for anyone to use it.

In public clouds the front-end has a direct impact on the quality of the customer experience, with a corresponding impact on sales. It also affects productivity for system administrators, support and billing teams working on the cloud behind the scenes. In private clouds the same is true: user experience and productivity depend on the quality of the interface, and just like a hosting business, the UI should meet the needs of a broad range of users with different experience levels.

As a result, you should spend time testing the UI from the point of view of different users, and investigate the extent of customisation, localisation and branding that the software provider can enable. Integration is another important consideration, particularly the ability to deploy an alternative customer portal if needed – rather than the provider’s UI, you may prefer to use an existing control panel or develop your own front end to the service.

focus on the UI from an internal as well as a customers’ viewpoint, and favour cloud platforms that enable you to customise the user experience easily – either directly, or through the API.

 

The promise of the cloud is that it is “just there” – an always-on, instant access compute and storage resource. In the enterprise, cloud users expect their IT “to just work”, and in the public cloud, customers are also buying into the uptime benefits of the cloud.

 

With automatic failover, cloud users ought not to experience any service disruption. However, the reality of any IT system is that it will fail at some point, and when that happens you will need rapid, high quality support from your cloud software provider.

 

The key questions to ask your provider are whether support is free or an additional cost, the SLA or response time that can be expected, skill of support team, the hours they keep and whether 24×7 telephone, live and email support are in place. If things do go wrong you will need SLAs with response times measured in minutes, not hours.

 

since this is the platform on which you’re running your cloud business, insist on free, high quality, 24×7 support from your cloud software provider.

Ditlev is an Internet and hosting industry veteran, with more than 15 years’ experience leading hosting and technology companies. As CEO of OnApp, he has led the company’s dramatic growth from its launch in July 2010 to become the leading provider of cloud management software for hosts.

After a few years in roles for the European Parliament, Ditlev moved into the rapidly-growing Internet sector in the mid-1990s. He quickly developed a reputation as an entrepreneur and a specialist in start-up and turnaround scenarios. Before founding OnApp, Ditlev led UK2 Group’s hosting companies as MD and CEO, and spearheaded the launch of VPS.NET, which now operates one of the world’s five largest public clouds.

Ditlev has an MBA in International Business from the European Institute for Public Affairs and Lobbying in Brussels, and a degree in Economics from AAU, Denmark. He was recently listed in the Top 100 most influential technology investors in Europe (The Telegraph/PeerIndex, March 2011). Ditlev is Danish, lives in the UK but travels frequently to speak at events around the world.


Question by abhay k: My question is regarding cloud computing?
I want to do certification in cloud computing ,any good institue in bangalore ,I AM MCA 2.6 YEARS OF experience in VTS (VEHCILE TRACKING SYSTEM) PROJECT INSTALLATION,ASP.NET SQL SERVER) which course will be better for PAAS(platform asa a service) window azure linux certification or IAAS(infrastucture as a service) VM ware ,can i get jobs in these fields?

Best answer:

Answer by Carlos Andrade
you can get jobs in linux fedora, ubuntu, microsoft, oracle, apple, and google

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Cloud Security Firm Alert Logic Names VP of Business Development

Cloud Security Firm Alert Logic Names VP of Business Development
By Justin Lee, September 20, 2011 (WEB HOST INDUSTRY REVIEW) — Cloud security services provider Alert Logic (www.alertlogic.com) announced on Tuesday it has named Rohit Gupta in the newly established position of vice president of business development.
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Liquid Web Launches New Cloud Management Tool
Managed web hosting company Liquid Web has launched a new, yet-to-be-named management interface for its customers that's aimed at giving enterprise customers more control over how they provision and manage their IT resources.
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Cloud hosting your key to success for online business

Cloud hosting your key to success for online business

If you are run  a Small Business online, for that you need to set up a office, hardware, software and other application to run it in a proper way. This can cross your budget.

Instead of investing in these things, you can simply choose the Cloud Hosting Data Center Services. To set up a total network which may cost you high, So it is a good option to pay Cloud on monthly basis for whatever you use.

Nowadays Small and Medium base businesses will be the first one to associate cloud service, As bigger companies will lead long time to calculate out how the cloud service is accompanying to their present operations. But they demand is cloud can cut down the price of their operations and increase their facilities in the same way.

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Falling down sometimes for IT companies, they have incite many IT Employees to look up for any possibility to exploit cost saving. The numbers of cloud hosting users are increasingly worldwide and this grow quickly over the next few years lead by small and medium size businesses that want to better productivity while lowering bottom line price.

So cloud hosting is the best choice for small and medium base business.

Today, the volume of cloud hosting service users is growing and improving by every passing day, as there are many people who want to design and develop their own websites and get online to start their own business. If you want to start your own ecommerce website, the most important thing that you need is a affordable cloud website hosting service from brandspromoter.com  that ideally suits your business website’s needs.

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Hosting business critical applications and Web site?

Question by atif_afsar: Hosting business critical applications and Web site?
Hello,

We are planning to start a small business in which we will be providing various solutions like Cloud Computing and SaaS. We are a bunch of java professionals (i.e around 11 java professionals) and would like to start a small business. Our main problem is that we want to host all our business critical applications for our clients online and in-house but we really do not know where to start from. Since some of our applications are business critical, we do not want to rely on the ISP. What we want is the complete control on our applications and database. Could anyone please help us.

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Answer by just “JR”
If it is so critical, you have no other choice but to set up your own server(s). This is rather expensive, as you have to be PHYSICALLY linked to the web backbone (the fibre optic infrastructure). Usually, these are provided by the country major telephone company. If you are physically close to a telephone exchange, that may not be too hard!

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Q&A: Hosting business critical applications and Web site?

Question by Janda: Hosting business critical applications and Web site?
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Answer by doug a
for complete control you could use rackspace and buy/rent a server from them.

Or you could if you have a decent ISp a Static IP address and the kboweledge set up your own hardware and server everything from the office or whereever.

If you host your own server then you have to be sure you know do regulat backups.

It really does depend on how in house you mean I am a small business using both external and internal solutions to host solutions.

I mean do you use SQL Servers in house and MySQL outside etc. It’s a headache but worth the effort in hosting everything yourself.

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What’s Best for My Business? Cloud Hosting vs. Geo Hosting

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Cloud Hosting

A cloud host will have many servers, often located all over the globe. Using a technology called load balancing, the cloud host will allocate server resources to each customer as needed. Generally, you’ll pay a flat fee for cloud hosting, plus additional monthly fees based on time or resource usage. You’ll always have the bandwidth you need during peak traffic periods, but you won’t pay for unused resources during slow periods.

While the scalability of cloud hosting is attractive, many geo-based hosts offer scalability as well. Most large geo hosts can rapidly move your shared web hosting account to a more robust server if and when needed, although you may experience some downtime if it is necessary to migrate to VPS hosting or a dedicated server.

The flexibility of cloud hosting comes with a price; the unit cost of data transfer is usually higher from cloud hosting providers then from geo hosts.

Cloud hosting is particularly well suited to companies doing , as well as customers whose .

Geo Hosting

For the fastest connection to your server, you’ll want to minimize the distance your data has to travel. If you go with cloud hosting, you’ll never know the physical location of the server that the load balancer has assigned to you. It could be on the other side of the planet! If you’re on the West Coast of the United States, for example, and the load balancer moves your server from the West Coast to the East Coast, your server connection may be up to 23 times slower.

And what if your cloud host decides to serve your website from India, London, or the Philippines? This can make a significant difference when running server-intensive applications such as email – and time is money. The load balancing process also slows performance, as the cloud host is constantly adjusting and reallocating server resources.

If connection time is a priority, you’ll probably want to go with geo hosting. Of course, this requires you to do a little research; you’ll need to find a host with a data center that’s located close to you and your customer base.

Geo hosting is particularly well suited to , as well as companies that seek predictable hosting costs.

Security

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Another important factor to consider in deciding between cloud hosting and geo hosting is security. Cloud hosting, like shared hosting, places multiple websites in a common environment. However, cloud hosting adds another potential vulnerability by introducing the load balancer – a technology that constantly distributes storage and processing power among the servers in the cloud. While there are well-established best practices that make traditional shared hosting secure, cloud hosting is relatively new.

Although some cloud hosting providers are developing protections against unauthorized access and exposure, these are by no means standardized in the industry. Therefore, at this point, cloud hosting does not generally offer the same level of security as traditional shared hosting.

Of course, if security is critical to your business operations, the best way to protect your mission-critical data is with a dedicated server plan from a geo hosting provider.

(In addition, some cloud hosting providers don’t support SSH. Ask the providers you’re considering – migrating a large database without SSH could turn into a major headache!)

Conclusion

Cloud hosting is designed to be a scalable environment for resource intensive application development. Geo hosting eliminates unnecessary data connection delays, making it a great fit for business websites and email, and can provide greater data security. Make sure to factor these details into your decision about which hosting platform is right for your business. Take a look at the chart below for a quick recap of the relative strengths of each type of hosting:

Regardless of whether you choose cloud hosting or geo hosting, be sure to conduct careful research before selecting a hosting provider. You’ll also want to make sure that your provider offers knowledgeable, professional U.S.-based support, 24 hours a day/365 days a year.

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How Cloud Servers A Cloud Host Can Help Your Business Web Site

The latest in the wide array of networking choices for businesses and individuals to choose from are cloud servers. Many are jumping on board the “cloud server bandwagon”, as many see this the way of the networking future. By purchasing cloud server hosting solutions, your business can decrease capital output costs, and get the advanced functionality of cloud servers, which is a huge benefit.

Cloud computing is a way by which resources are pooled together for use in networking, file transfers, application and process running, and more. When in Europe, in the market for cloud servers, the UK boasts a great number of options for you to choose from. You get all the virtual networking space and functionalities, without all the costs of the dedicated server, by contracting with a cloud server host.

For fast, efficient, and secure ways to meet all your networking needs, UK cloud servers do not disappoint. You get the powerful resources your host has at their disposal when you subscribe to a cloud server hosting company – you aren’t merely relegated to the resources you have, which aren’t likely enough to handle your needs. As they don’t require nearly the hardware as traditional networking server solutions, and the care and maintenance is simple, cloud server solutions are often more affordable than the alternatives. Many are, for this reason, beginning to transition from the traditional dedicated server to the use of cloud servers as the solution of choice when it comes their their networking needs.

You need powerful, safe ways of transferring and receiving information over the internet. You need the most advanced, high quality security when selling products online, as you will be handling users highly sensitive financial information, so it is important to find these solutions at a price you can afford. As improvements in cloud server technology have continued to advance, cloud server hosting companies can now confidently provide you with all the security you need, as well as offering highly reliable service, at a more affordable price that many of the alternatives. The bottom line is important in our business. Any cost cutting solution that also doesn’t require one to sacrifice functionality, or quality of services, is something that all business owners would want a part of. With a cloud server host you can still have access to the highest quality, most secure and functional network you need, while reducing your overall expenditures on server hosting solutions.

In the UK, regardless of where you are, you will have access to high quality, affordable UK cloud servers. This gives you the most advanced functionalities available to date, while also giving you the ability to save money on your server hosting needs Without all the hassle and cost as a traditional server, but with all the functionality, security, and options, a cloud server hosting company can give you access to all you need for your networking solutions.

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Question by Arkire: What different types of servers exist? For example, cloud and client servers.?
This is information I would like to find out for my upcoming computer science exam.

Can anyone give a list of types of servers that are used both in a private home, or a business network? I don’t need vast descriptions on each one, just names of a few so I can research them myself. Thanks.

Best answer:

Answer by The Bird
Check out these sites ( http://www.webopedia.com/quick_ref/servers.asp ) and ( http://www.go4expert.com/forums/showthread.php?t=325 ). Both have good lists.

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