Provider of cloud platform tells what the cloud is . . . and what it isn’t
Morgantown, WV (PRWEB) February 11, 2010 -- Virtual Global, a leading provider of cloud-enabled enterprise solutions and the TeamHost™ online platform for creating SaaS applications, is clearing up some of the confusion about cloud computing. Their “Top ten misconceptions about cloud computing” addresses some of the common myths on the subject, clearing the way for effective and efficient use of the technology. The “Top ten misconceptions” is part of Virtual Global’s “Cloud Computing Made Easy” ebook, available as a free download on www.cloudipedia.com.
“The very word ‘cloud’ gives way to a lot of fuzzy definitions,” said Cary Landis, CEO of Virtual Global. “In reality, cloud computing is just as solid and reliable as any other type of computing, the technology just refers to a mechanism to connect infrastructure, applications, and platforms over a remote network, typically on virtualized off-site servers, over a secure IP connection.”
Cloud computing is seen by most analysts and industry observers as a disruptive technology, and one that is destined to continue changing the way we do business, the way we work, and even the way we think. “With such an important technology, it’s important to keep on top of some of the popular misconceptions,” said Landis. “A well-informed business, whether SMB or enterprise, will be able to turn cloud computing technology to its advantage, and gain a critical edge over the competition.”
Virtual Global’s “Top Ten Misconceptions about Cloud Computing” include:
1. The cloud is just a return to centralized computing. The old days of dumb terminals connected to a centralized mainframe limited our computing power to one provider. With cloud computing, we can access the computing power of millions of providers from anywhere at any time, and for a fraction of the cost of host computing.
2. The cloud is not secure. Truth-be-told, in-house systems are often less secure, because they use unproven home-grown security models. Cloud applications developed with cloud platforms use a common security model, which lends additional security from the ground up; and cloud providers will often pay more attention to issues such as physical security and access controls.
3. The cloud isn’t ready for enterprise users. Enterprise software need not cost millions of dollars, or take years to implement. CIOs are increasingly demanding more affordable alternatives. Some of today’s popular cloud systems host tens of millions of users. The biggest concerns of enterprises rolling out mission-critical apps are flexibility, scalability and availability. The cloud has resolved those concerns.
4. You lose control with the cloud. The very word “cloud” implies outsourcing to an unknown vendor; however this is a misnomer rather than reality. You can use cloud technologies internally, or outsource to a well-established vendor who has been offering reliable service for years. With the cloud, you can gain more control through a web-based control panel, while letting go of day-to-day maintenance. “The fallacy of direct control” posits that it is more efficient to retain control over those things that matter, while freeing up your time by leaving the details to a third party expert provider.
5. It’s the same thing as utility computing or grid computing. Grid computing was an early predecessor that virtually clustered computing resources to serve a single purpose. Cloud computing has matured to serve multiple clients and multiple tasks simultaneously. Utility computing, by the same token, has evolved. Today’s cloud delivers all three major elements as a service: architecture, platform, and software.
6. It’s only for low-end consumer applications. Cloud computing has gained popularity in many consumer areas, but has also gained widespread acceptance in business applications, including productivity suites, online backup and storage, and collaborative environments; with applications of enterprise-class software already being delivered over the cloud.
7. It’s too isolated from my other data and applications. Cloud computing applications are easy to integrate with the rest of the enterprise, and already there are several integration tools on the market to make it happen.
8. We won’t need PCs any more with cloud computing. Cloud computing is a broad concept with many elements, and powerful desktops are a central part of the cloud model.
9. Reliability will be a problem. Virtualization and platform technologies are almost as old as computing itself. What’s new is the ability to market the capabilities. Cloud technologies can provide superior reliability with service level guarantees.
10. The cloud will give you performance problems. Performance is seldom a problem with cloud computing. Latency can be minimized by selecting a provider with a data center in your own region, and by reviewing the provider’s upstream carriers and service level guarantees.
For a free, complete copy of Virtual Global’s “misconceptions” and landmark book, “Cloud Computing Made Easy,” visit www.cloudipedia.com.
About Virtual Global:
Virtual Global, a West Virginia corporation, is a provider of cloud-enabled enterprise IT solutions and the TeamHost™ cloud platform for building and deploying SaaS applications without programming. Since 1995, Virtual Global’s technologies have served commercial and federal customers worldwide with enterprise-class IT needs. Virtual Global can be found on the Web at http://www.virtualglobal.com.
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