Cloud Computing and Trust, It's always a question of Trust

Cloud Computing and Trust, It's always a question of Trust

With the entire world is moving towards Cloud Computing the basic question that is before these organization “is Cloud a trustworthy”. Despite the many advantages of scalable processing power and storage space, the acceptability of Cloud Computing relies on having faith in the Cloud. The three basic categories that Cloud Computing providers must ensure are : •​Availability: The Cloud Computing providers must ensure that the service they provide is available always. The industrial standard of availability Cloud Computing is 99.9%. But this is not enough. We should try to attain an availability of 100%. This is because even if the service is down for 0.01% time it can adversely affect the business and cause huge loss. The successes of the electric utility model might be a good example to follow. A company won’t use Cloud services/ applications for critical business processes if the availability is inconsistent. Not yet… •​Security: When companies will use Cloud they need to keep the critical data outside their own domain. This is considered to be a huge risk as they need to transfer it through a public data network. Providing data protection should be an essential element of any Service Level Agreement (SLA) contract. If it’s not in the contract and the company doesn’t take care of the client’s information, it may result in an increased number of future litigations. To avoid these kinds of problems, a hybrid Cloud might be a good solution. For example, a company might use a Private Cloud for storing crucial information, and use a Public Cloud to add more features to its Private Cloud. Secure network and legal...
Clouds and Men : the truth on what Cloud Computing will change for the teams

Clouds and Men : the truth on what Cloud Computing will change for the teams

I had some conversations about Cloud Computing Delivery Model and the impacts on teams. Sure, each time, either a business model is changing, or an innovation is coming, you will have some impacts for the teams. Good news is that jobs will be in the Cloud Computing for the coming years as CIO mention in an IBM Survey. A good question is : How can we prepare and involve teams to see this changes as an opportunity ? First, what are the impacts ? The impacts started with the move from “Plan – Build – Run” IT to a “Source – Integrate – Manage” one. If we look at the IT Teams as a whole, IT focused, in the past, on building the IT components and managing the Capacity. With Cloud switch, IT will have to become more a Business Enabler than Technology focus. It means IT people will have to be closer to the business to understand better the company and propose the bests solutions. IT teams will have to use what the market proposes instead of building or reinventing the wheel. It is like the automobile industry 20 years ago. This industry stopped building its own screw and has developed more partnership and integration capabilities. These are the majors impacts : Teams have to learn about doing the right partnerships, then doing the right selection, doing the right integration and last but not least a right run process. Easier to say than to do 😉 These point are confirmed by IT World Canada in the Survey on top Cloud Computing skills. The top three are the following...
Back to basics #3 : What is Cloud Computing ?

Back to basics #3 : What is Cloud Computing ?

Cloud computing is not new a technology, a new architecture or a new method. As I mentioned in a previous post: Cloud Computing is a new business model for providing IT. It is like the difference between – Build a house – Rent a house. In the first case, you should use an architect for plans, but also appeal to various people for construction. Above all, you must pay the investment. By building your own home, you can choose just about everything in detail. In the second case, the lease, no investment to predict. You rent a house based on what the market offers. It may, in some ways, not be as you wish. Your family is growing? If you chose the first option, construction, you may either expand or sell or be cramped! Rental, you’re more free.You can choose a bigger house but also revert to a smaller if necessary. What is the parallel with Cloud Computing? The business model for providing IT now, is to build. You buy servers, you buy softwares and all IT Teams are present to build the appropriate solution. This mobilizes capital (Capex) related to investments. In the Cloud’s model, this is innovation, investments are paid by the Vendor which is offering the service with a rental payment for use. The issues of capacity and adjustment are no longer your responsibility, the supplier shall include in its offer. An example: the e-mail. Google and Microsoft offer a e-mail service with a payment based on the number of users per year. Need to add 500 users? to remove 1000? The supplier adjusts the capacity...
Accountants and the Cloud ? Are they ready ?

Accountants and the Cloud ? Are they ready ?

This post is to share with you an interesting approach regarding Cloud Computing for a special field : accountants. Hunter Richards, in his post, is looking on this by asking the accountants in a survey. What is troubling Cloud adoption ? – Customization, – Data-integration, – Costs, – IT Staffing. Look at Hunter’s post and answer the survey ! We keep you posted on the...
What Cloud will change for ? #3 : A practical implementation perspective by Kwame Yamgnane

What Cloud will change for ? #3 : A practical implementation perspective by Kwame Yamgnane

Following the second post on this topic by Jérémy Fain, with an Innovative perspective on what Cloud Computing will change, Let me introduce this third post. “What Cloud Computing will change for ?…” Thanks Kwame ! Is there a change ? EPITECH, as a school for computer science, got a real culture around “do it yourself”. Now, we started to change, because our business is changing. We can no longer focus our power on IT Services which has no “business necessity” but just is a commodity. For the first time this year, students’ emails are no longer at EPITECH but in the Cloud on the live@edu service hosted by Microsoft. What kind of change? EPITECH as classified its services in three groups. First group is the “completely under control” services, such as email, web, VOIP… For the second, “new technologies”, you must understand that as a first ranked IT School, EPITECH use a lot of technologies that as just triggered from labs which are the second group such as HD audio & video conferencing system, Epitech Innovative Project or EPITECH Labs for Innovation support… And the third one, represents “nowhere else services” which are completely specific to our business like our students and alumni management system. We consider that only the first group services “completely under control” is eligible to Cloud Computing, and we start to move. For the second group, “new technologies”, those technologies should join to the first group in few months or years. A number of those technologies we are trying will disappear and we don’t want to manage a change from internal to Cloud for...