Learn from East Los Capital about Cloud Infrastructure and Services
- They must be able to utilize virtualization (the ability for software to perform like hardware) to pool together the computing capability of multiple processors and multiple storage devices into single, contiguous units.
- The workloads that run on these resource pools must not be rooted to any physical location.
- The resource pools that run these workloads must be capable of being provisioned through a self-service portal (usually the web).
- All services must be made available on a per-use basis as opposed to a one-time or renewable license.
Why consumers move to the cloud:
- Information is available anywhere and on any device
- Safety and security, an always-on backup
- Less expensive computing resources needed
- Mobile friendly
- Low cost storage
Why corporates move to the cloud:
- Lower CAPX requirements as on-premise data centers go away
- Pay for only what you use
- Sophisticated big data, artificial intelligence (AI)/machine learning (ML) capabilities
- Businesses can quickly provision computing resources and better utilize capacity for variable workloads
- Reduces the administrative burden of IT departments, freeing them to work on new projects rather than spending time on general system upkeep
Cloud deployment models:
- Public: computing services offered by 3rd party providers over the Internet – top vendors are AWS, Azure & Google
- Private: a form of cloud computing that is used by only 1 organization – some computing resources may be hosted on-premise
- Hybrid: a mix of public and private clouds which may also be hosted by multiple vendors at the same time – the multi-cloud approach is being enabled by virtual machines and containers
More to come at SuperReturn US West or maybe another post if I feel like it to give you some more to chew on. Ultimately, we’re still early in this market’s maturation as only a small amount of all IT workloads are actually being done in the cloud.