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Introduction to cloud computing

Introduction to cloud computing

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Its a good doc which describes architecture of cloud. Other concepts/technologies related to cloud like virtualiztion, monitoring, change management, storage & open source have been described in a proper manner. Thanks to IBM.
Its a good doc which describes architecture of cloud. Other concepts/technologies related to cloud like virtualiztion, monitoring, change management, storage & open source have been described in a proper manner. Thanks to IBM.

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Cloud Computing
Authors
: Greg Boss, Padma Malladi, Dennis Quan, Linda Legregni,Harold Hall,
Management Contact
: Dennis Quan
Organization
: High Performance On Demand Solutions (HiPODS)
Web address
:
www.ibm.com/developerworks/websphere/zones/hipods/
 
Date
: 8 October 2007
Status
: Version 1.0
Copyright IBM Corporation 2007 
 
 
Abstract:
This paper describes cloud computing, a computing platform for the next generation of the Internet. The paper defines clouds, explains the business benefits of cloud computing, andoutlines cloud architecture and its major components. Readers will discover how a business can usecloud computing to foster innovation and reduce IT costs. IBM’s implementation of cloudcomputing is described.To receive information about future workshops and seminars pertaining to this solution, send anemail to
hipods@us.ibm.com
.
 
 
© IBM Corporation 2007 
Cloud Computing 
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Executive summary
Innovation is necessary to ride the inevitable tide of change. Indeed, the success of thetransformation of IBM to an On Demand Business depends on driving the right balance of  productivity, collaboration, and innovation to achieve sustained, organic top line growth — and bottom line profitability.Enterprises strive to reduce computing costs. Many start by consolidating their IT operations andlater introducing virtualization technologies. Cloud computing takes these steps to a new leveland allows an organization to further reduce costs through improved utilization, reducedadministration and infrastructure costs, and faster deployment cycles. The cloud is a nextgeneration platform that provides dynamic resource pools, virtualization, and high availability.
Cloud computing 
describes both a platform and a type of application. A cloud computing platform dynamically provisions, configures, reconfigures, and deprovisions servers as needed.Cloud applications are applications that are extended to be accessible through the Internet. These
cloud applications
use large data centers and powerful servers that host Web applications andWeb services.
Cloud computing infrastructure accelerates and fosters the adoption of innovations
Enterprises are increasingly making innovation their highest priority. They realize they need toseek new ideas and unlock new sources of value. Driven by the pressure to cut costs and grow— simultaneously—they realize that it’s not possible to succeed simply by doing the same things better. They know they have to do new things that produce better results.Cloud computing enables innovation. It alleviates the need of innovators to find resources todevelop, test, and make their innovations available to the user community. Innovators are free tofocus on the innovation rather than the logistics of finding and managing resources that enable theinnovation. Cloud computing helps leverage innovation as early as possible to deliver businessvalue to IBM and its customers.Fostering innovation requires unprecedented flexibility and responsiveness. The enterpriseshould provide an ecosystem where innovators are not hindered by excessive processes, rules,and resource constraints. In this context, a cloud computing service is a necessity. It comprisesan automated framework that can deliver standardized services quickly and cheaply.
Cloud computing infrastructure allows enterprises to achieve more efficient use of their IThardware and software investments
Cloud computing increases profitability by improving resource utilization. Pooling resources intolarge clouds drives down costs and increases utilization by delivering resources only for as longas those resources are needed. Cloud computing allows individuals, teams, and organizations tostreamline procurement processes and eliminate the need to duplicate certain computer administrative skills related to setup, configuration, and support.This paper introduces the value of implementing cloud computing. The paper defines clouds,explains the business benefits of cloud computing, and outlines cloud architecture and its major components. Readers will discover how a business can use cloud computing to foster innovationand reduce IT costs. 
 
 
© IBM Corporation 2007 
Cloud Computing 
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Contents
Executive summary ........................................................................................................2
 
Contents...........................................................................................................................3
 
What is a cloud?..............................................................................................................4
 
Definition.....................................................................................................................4
 
Benefits.......................................................................................................................4
 
Usage scenarios.........................................................................................................5
 
Architecture................................................................................................................6
 
Cloud provisioning and management...........................................................................7
 
Automated provisioning............................................................................................7
 
Reservation and scheduling .....................................................................................8
 
Change management.................................................................................................8
 
Monitoring.................................................................................................................10
 
Open source .............................................................................................................12
 
Virtualization.............................................................................................................12
 
Storage architecture in the cloud...........................................................................13
 
Piloting innovations on a cloud..............................................................................14
 
Conclusion.....................................................................................................................15
 
References.....................................................................................................................16
 
Acknowledgements ......................................................................................................16
 
Notices...........................................................................................................................17
 

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