Friday, October 2, 2009

A Walk in the Clouds - Industry leaders give their perspectives on Cloud Computing

Location: Tucson F
Panelists: Shivani Sud (Intel), Kumud Srinivasan (Intel), Raejeanne Skillern (Intel), Anugeetha Kunjithapatham (Samsung).

The session started with an introduction to Cloud Computing. Cloud Computing is a computation paradigm that makes computation resources available as services. This kind of paradigm is dynamic and virtualized with centralized compute and storage facilities. The model is on-demand self-service one. The storage and computing resources are elastic and scalable. The pricing is consumption-based (pay-per-service). The computing power is available anytime, anywhere, internet is required to connect though.

There are two types of clouds: public cloud and private cloud. One example of a public cloud is Amazon EC2. Public clouds are provided to the end-users over the internet, and using them one can grow as much as one wants. On the other hand the private clouds are offered to a restricted group of users. There is more isolation (control) and are costlier than the public clouds.

What is required to enable clouds?

  • Ubiquitous connectivity everywhere
  • Reliability of these services is going to be important
  • Interoperability between service providers is a key to this kind of paradigm
  • Security and privacy is not of much concern here
  • Economic value are the key driving factors

Why and When not to use cloud?

  • Not a blanket approach
  • Connectivity is still spotty
  • Financial benefits are not yet been proven
  • Security is one of the biggest concerns
  • Reliability
  • The lack of interoperability so that can make one switch from one vendor to another might deter a buyer

A case-study from Intel was presented. The benefits they felt by using cloud computing were:

  • Agility to respond to the users has increased
  • Ability to accelerate the projects, especially if the expertise is not available in house
  • On-demand self-service approach goes well with the end user

However, the cost picture is not clear. If not managed correctly, it could lead to an increase in cost. Security is a big concern also.

1 comment:

BJ Wishinsky said...

The presentation from this session is now available on the GHC notes wiki at

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