Cloud computing services, a bussiness opportunity
Imagine a company that does not have to consider the expenses of the depreciation of their existing equipment and their substitution for newer cutting edge equipment. Imagine that you can practically avoid most of the difficulties that the management and maintenance of the whole necessary hardware generate for your company. Imagine that you can remotely solve a particular super calculation necessity… As a matter of fact, it is not that difficult, there is no need to imagine anything because it is all about options when you reach of a decision.
Many organizations are already choosing a new work mode over thin clients. It is about a mode where the hardware and software used by a company are not administered in a physical data center located within or near a company, but from a remote location to which there is access by means of a broadband Internet connection.
For some people, to consider this possibility is just crazy; however, for many others it is a fact or, at least, it begins to be a feasible idea after testing the advantages of storage in the cloud.
Services of Hardware as a Service (HaaS) or Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) allow a company hiring an API or a system of APIs, an infrastructure in the cloud provider and to access this or these virtual machines from a user interface on the Internet that connects it to their provider.
Users can rent the hardware type that they want, the processor type that they need, the speed of their processors, the capacity of their memory (very small: a 1 Ghz core, a 1.7 Gb memory and 160 Gb in disk; big, with 4 cores of 2 Ghz each, 15 GB memory and 1.6 Tb space in disk; and they can even coordinate specialized operations with their providers, such as those of virtual cluster, or virtual server). They can also define whether it will be about a unique system over which a large number of employees can work remotely, or if each employee will contribute to a virtual API negotiated for their necessities.
Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) by Amazon Web Services, IBM’s Blue Cloud, Joyent Accelerator and Mosso are only some of the most renowned providers.
The services include the possibility of creating, configuring and exploiting images of complete machines, meaning to say, the users can select the operating system they need and the applications they require either permanently or at a particular moment; they can optionally install the programming languages they need, and they can administer and control the whole system through the web services.
With these options at hand, a company can have a team of programmers working on a project over a virtual machine from different locations around the world; a transnational company with branches in different countries could have a unique and virtual accounting system in the cloud; a company can choose to hire a virtual server from which electronic messaging can be controlled: it is possible to do almost everything you can imagine… The point is that, interpreted as a support to render suites of services through the broadband Internet, the cloud is designed for enabling any variant in which a unique virtual management and convergence space corresponds to a real entrepreneurial or industrial displacement. (To be continued).