IBM Me: Cloud Computing Basics

IBM Me: Cloud Computing Basics

IBM has come up with great and easy ways to understand cloud computing and make it functional as well. IBM is a leader when it comes to cloud computing, so it is no surprise that they have managed to do this. Cloud computing can also go beyond cost savings by allowing your users to access the latest software and infrastructure offerings to foster business innovation. Think about what that simple statement means. Yes, saving money is good – even important – but even more important is how the end user uses software and infrastructure. Do you know what that really means?

From the infrastructure side of things, you should be able to offer something that has enough servers, storage and other essential components to get the task at hand done. In this case, the task is setting up a cloud computing structure. IBM offers four different types: X86, Power7, zEnterprise System and iDataplex.

Each server serves a different idea and purpose. The X86 is setup to be very flexible and is one of the best cloud computing platforms available. Massive amounts of data can be moved and used with minimal disruption – it is designed to adapt to changing technology. The Power7 server is about scalability and being able to optimize your workload. These servers are meant for businesses that are mid- to large-sized, and in Power7 servers, cloud computing has a new standard. But are these just fancy words and ideas to get people to buy into a product or service?

Cloud computing is based on several basic ideas. Infrastructure as a service, IaaS, is the basic cloud. Cloud computing starts (or ends) here. IaaS is all about on-demand services for virtual machines, firewalls and networks. PaaS, or platform as a service, is a little deeper, however. This is for solutions; you develop a program on the cloud for you and your employees to use. The service is that someone else is hosting your software for you. SaaS, or software as a service, is where the software that you are using is hosted and run on a virtual machine – there will never be a need for an updated computer after that point.

So, how does cloud computing, or what IBM is offering, mean? You have to determine what services you need before making a true call on it. If you’re looking to run management programs, content management or anything along those lines, you’re going to want to use an SaaS system. If you’re just looking to hold onto some photos or MP3s, an SaaS service would not be something you need. If you understand what you’re looking for, finding the right solution is rather easy. If you’re looking for a cloud computing company, whether it be IBM or not, learn to ask questions to help you figure out what you need to know. Otherwise, it would be easy to end up having too much or too little of the service(s) that you need.

By Emma Joseph

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