Cloud Computing for BusinessBy Matthew BulatM.Eng.Tech MCSE MCDBAwww.matthewb.id.au
What is Cloud Computing? Cloud computing can be described as a combination ofvirtualization servers providing scalable services, applications, storage and infrastructure for multiple clients over the Internet.
What can Cloud Computing Provide?Advanced computer infrastructure quickly with no capital costsData access from anywhere with an Internet connection for yourself and clientsScale support infrastructure with business changes quicklyFull time business presence for customers
Cloud Computing ExamplesGlobal e-TrainingGlobal e-CommerceSoftware as a serviceVirtual VOIP telephonyAnywhere Office applications and collaborationEmail from anywhereOnline backup servicesCreate a automated online service business
Your Server versus Cloud ServerHardware costsOperating System costsApplication costsServer setup timeServer spaceServer electricityServer UPS, generatorServer backupsReplacement cyclesBusiness can use virtual computing themselvesNo capital costsMonthly fees based on useApplications part of serviceSetup in 1 day possibleNo space neededNo electricity neededNo capital neededBackup systems are remoteScale up or down as neededBusiness broadband needed
Server cost sample comparisonServer $3500Installation including infrastructure $1500Electricity including cooling and UPS $1000/yr3 year total $8000
Cloud Server for 3 years $3000
Business Building BlocksWeb Hosting ~$100 per yearCloud Server ~$500 - $1000 per year or $0.20 per hourContent Management System for Web freeWeb page editor free to $1000sOnline Office applications $50 per yearVOIP telephony from $15 unlimited national calls/month
Business OpportunitiesStart a new business with hosted virtual computers and VOIP telephony cheaplyControl a cloud server for your clients websitesUse web hosting to create an e-Commerce shopUse web hosting to create Information paid siteCreate a Software as a service applicationBuild your own cloud computing setup. A physical server can host up to 80 virtual PCs.Assist other businesses to operate onlineSearch Engine Optimization services
Worldwide Payment OptionsPayPal works in multiple currencies, instant verification, no merchant account needed. Users can use PayPal account or credit cardsAmazon Associates Web Service works with Amazon cloud protocols.Google Checkout Order authorised by Google and need to be processed within 7 days. Payment is completed when item shipped.
Software as a Service SAASNo software to buy, maintain and upgrade.Design an application using SAAS model. SalesForce.com AppExchange provides an environment for SAAS delivery.Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud EC2 provides a SAAS storage, database, payment and programming environment.Google Gears allows online offline applications including Google Docs and Zoho applications.
SAAS Program for BusinessDesign an Industry applicationCharge $9 to $55 / user / month. Pay as you go.Users can have applications quickly operatingBusiness can rollout new projects fasterLess capital costs to businessNo depreciations costs on balance sheetsE.g. Customer Relationship ManagementShared Project Management across stakeholdersEmployee leave approval and processing Business energy use tracking and trending
Education Cloud Computing ExampleWeb Hosting - $100/yearJoomla Web Content Management FreeJoomla Education extension - $100Skills to set up Skills to make coursesPayPal for fee collection 3%, instant verification
Google Searches for Education: 20 million/monthAutomatic paid education services to the world
Web sites on the CloudHelp business on to external hosted Web Sites using your created contentHelp business on to your cloud hosted Web Sites using your created content + monthly fees. One cloud server can host 100s of websites.Charge more for content management system and training for self maintenanceCharge more for Keyword Research, Search Engine Optimisation and website Analytic reports.Charge for content changes
Referenceshttp://www.applicationsnet.com/ Virtual Computers, Web Hosting and Virtual VOIPhttp://www.salesforce.com/platform/ Over 100,000 SAAS Applicationshttp://gears.google.com/ Online and Off Line development platformhttp://aws.amazon.com/ec2/ Amazon cloud platform and development environmenthttp://www.paypal.com.au/au Worldwide payment system http://www.checkout.google.com Worldwide payment system http://developer.apple.com/ Develop and sell applications for Apple online http://www.google.com/apps/intl/en/business/details.html Online Business Office Appshttp://www.microsoft.com/Online/default.mspx Microsoft Online Serviceshttp://www.joomla.org/ Free Web Content Management Systems. Extra 4000 custom features available.http://www.nvu.com/ Free Web page editor.http://www.wampserver.com/en/ Free web server development platform for PC.Web Traffic Accelerator Sample Search Engine Optimisation serviceMore Cloud Computing Possibilities Article Cloud Computing Efficiency Article