Cloud
Cloud Services — Platforms And Solutions

Computing and software based systems still require the network infrastructure to support them and the expertise to integrate a complex, multi vendor stack. That’s why we always begin with a thorough assessment of your present capabilities to determine if an on premise, off site, or hybrid solution is right for you. By allowing workloads to move between private and public as computing needs and costs change, hybrid  gives you greater flexibility and more data deployment options. Seamlessly extend your data center to the cloud for bottomless capacity, continuous availability, and lower storage costs — all without investing in or maintaining additional infrastructure. Secure and manage your data and applications with the cloud. Use familiar tools and a common identity on any platform and in any cloud. Build applications in your preferred method, then deploy applications and store data in the locations that best meet your business and regulatory needs.

In today’s new normal economy, organizations of all sizes have to look for affordable ways to deliver quality IT services reliably and continuously to customers and employees. We can help you understand the opportunities of the solution for your organization, which include improved agility, cost reduction, and support for growth and innovation. Every kind of cloud — enabled by data centers, networking, collaboration, and security, enhanced with consulting and professional services, and sustained with support services and managed services. Private service provides the agility of a public environment with the scalability to grow based on your needs without the capital expense and time required to build, buy, or extend your own private environment. We offer back up and disaster recovery and attach stringent service level guarantees to all commitments. One of the key benefits of the model, and one that is often overlooked, is how computing can help to ensure business continuity and speed disaster recovery.

Hybrid

Environment which uses a mix of on premises, private and third—party, public services with orchestration between the two platforms. By allowing workloads to move between private and public as computing needs and costs change, hybrid gives businesses greater flexibility and more data deployment options. Hybrid at the core lets you respond quickly, frees up capital, allows you to scale up or down to meet unknown demand, and reduce costs. An enterprise can deploy an on premises private cloud to host sensitive or critical workloads, but use a third—party public cloud provider, such as Google Compute Engine, to host less critical resources, such as test and development workloads. To hold customer—facing archival and backup data, a hybrid model could also use Amazon S3. By spreading things out over a hybrid cloud, you keep each aspect at your business in the most efficient environment possible.

Private

Services and infrastructure are maintained on a private network. These offer the greatest level of security and control, but they require the company to still purchase and maintain all the software and infrastructure, which reduces the cost savings. The private cloud is a cost—effective, rapid implementation alternative to building or buying a do it yourself (DIY) private. The Private is fully segregated, dedicated 100% to each client and delivered as—a—service. Private is the obvious choice when your business is part of an industry that must conform to strict security and data privacy issues. Choose private when your business is your data and your applications. Therefore, control and security are paramount. If company is large enough to run a next generation data center efficiently and effectively on its own then a private cloud is an excellent choice.

Public

Based on the standard computing model, in which a service provider makes resources, such as applications and storage, available to the general public over the Internet. Public services may be free or offered on a pay per usage model. The term public cloud arose to differentiate between the standard model and private, which is a proprietary network or data center that uses computing technologies, such as virtualization. It is managed by the organization it serves. A third model, hybrid, is maintained by both internal and external providers. Examples include Amazon AWS EC2, IBM’s Bluemix, Oracle, and Microsoft Azure. The most recognizable model is the public model, under which services are provided in a virtualized environment, constructed using pooled shared physical resources, and accessible over a public network such as the internet.

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Cloud computing is a big shift from the traditional way businesses think about IT resources. What is it about cloud computing? Why is cloud computing so popular? Here are 6 common reasons organizations are turning to cloud computing services:

Cost — Cloud computing eliminates the capital expense of buying hardware and software and setting up and running on—site data centers — the racks of servers, the round—the—clock electricity for power and cooling, the IT experts for managing the infrastructure. It adds up fast.

Speed — Most cloud computing services are provided self service and on demand, so even vast amounts of computing resources can be provisioned in minutes, typically with just a few mouse clicks, giving businesses a lot of flexibility and taking the pressure off capacity planning.

Global Scale — The benefits of cloud computing services include the ability to scale elastically. In cloud speak, that means delivering the right amount of IT resources — for example, more or less computing power, storage, bandwidth — right when its needed, and from the right geographic location.

Productivity — On—site datacenters typically require a lot of racking and stacking — hardware set up, software patching, and other time-consuming IT management chores. Cloud computing removes the need for many of these tasks, so IT teams can spend time on achieving more important business goals.

Performance — The biggest cloud computing services run on a worldwide network of secure datacenters, which are regularly upgraded to the latest generation of fast and efficient computing hardware. This offers several benefits over a single corporate datacenter, including reduced network latency for applications and greater economies of scale.

Reliability — Cloud computing makes data backup, disaster recovery, and business continuity easier and less expensive, because data can be mirrored at multiple redundant sites on the cloud provider’s network.

Not all clouds are the same. There are three different ways to deploy cloud computing resources: public cloud, private cloud, and hybrid cloud.

Public Cloud — Public clouds are owned and operated by a third-party cloud service provider, which deliver their computing resources like servers and storage over the Internet. Microsoft Azure is an example of a public cloud. With a public cloud, all hardware, software, and other supporting infrastructure is owned and managed by the cloud provider. You access these services and manage your account using a web browser.

Private Cloud — A private cloud refers to cloud computing resources used exclusively by a single business or organization. A private cloud can be physically located on the company’s on-site datacenter. Some companies also pay third-party service providers to host their private cloud. A private cloud is one in which the services and infrastructure are maintained on a private network.

Hybrid Cloud — Hybrid clouds combine public and private clouds, bound together by technology that allows data and applications to be shared between them. By allowing data and applications to move between private and public clouds, hybrid cloud gives businesses greater flexibility and more deployment options.

Cloud IAM identity governance simplifies how user access is governed across the enterprise, making it possible to achieve sustainable compliance by fully automating the monitoring, reporting, certification and remediation of user entitlements. RSA Identity Life cycle delivers a streamlined, automated access request, approval, fulfillment and de provisioning process that includes embedded policy controls. It gives security teams complete control over and visibility into who has access to what.

Identity and Access Management lets administrators authorize who can take action on specific resources, giving you full control and visibility to manage cloud resources centrally. For established enterprises with complex organizational structures, hundreds of workgroups and potentially many more projects, Cloud IAM provides a unified view into security policy across your entire organization, with built—in auditing to ease compliance processes. Cloud IAM provides tools to manage permissions with high automation.

Most cloud computing services fall into three broad categories: Infrastructure—as—a—Service (IaaS), Platform—as—a—Service (PaaS), and Software—as—a—Service (Saas). These are sometimes called the cloud computing stack, because they build on top of one another. Knowing what they are and how they’re different makes it easier to accomplish your business goals.

Infrastructure—as—a—Service (IaaS) — The most basic category of cloud computing services. With IaaS, you rent IT infrastructure—servers and virtual machines (VMs), storage, networks, operating systems — from a cloud provider on a pay—as—you—go basis.

Platform–as–a–Service (PaaS) — refers to cloud computing services that supply an on—demand environment for developing, testing, delivering, and managing software applications. PaaS is designed to make it easier for developers to quickly create web or mobile apps, without worrying about setting up or managing the underlying infrastructure of servers, storage, network, and databases needed for development.

Software—as—a—Service (SaaS) — is a method for delivering software applications over the Internet, on demand and typically on a subscription basis. With SaaS, cloud providers host and manage the software application and underlying infrastructure, and handle any maintenance, like software upgrades and security patching. Users connect to the application over the Internet, usually with a web browser on their phone, tablet, or PC.

Cloud has been the buzz word in IT for years now, but many organizations still do not fully understand how cloud should fit into their organization, where they are already utilizing the cloud, and what their next steps for cloud implementation should be. Cloud solutions for each organization are unique, therefore organizations need partners that work to create custom cloud solutions that allow them to achieve their business goals. Cloud computing offers many benefits including; easy to use cloud video conferencing so you can work and collaborate from any device in virtual meeting rooms.

Organizations can get enterprise class cloud telephony that takes advantage of the expanded functionality and cost savings available by moving PBX services to the cloud. Also available are full featured, highly scalable cloud contact center that removes the complexity of on—premise solutions. With ultimate scalability, cloud resources are available on demand from the public clouds’ vast pools of resource so that the applications that run on them can respond seamlessly to fluctuations in activity. A public cloud is one based on the standard cloud computing model, in which a service provider makes resources, such as applications and storage, available over the Internet.