As this graph shows, if you go out and buy your own hardware and software after eight quarters it is quite possible that the cumulative spending on an on-demand subscription could outstrip that of an on-premise deployment. The Delta outage isn't the first DR-related debacle to strike a well-known organization and it won't be the last. If the bulk of your IT budget goes to keeping the lights on, you need a better strategy for innovation.
Leave on good terms from your system administrator job to avoid burning bridges and to keep a good reputation in the industry. This article addresses the cost savings and decreased release time experienced by moving the WellSpot™ application from Statoil on-premise to the Microsoft cloud solution Azure.
For WellSpot™ the direct cost impact has been more than 50% reduction in compute hours and time to market reduction from 6 days to 1 hour. Development and implementation of WellSpot™ is a close cooperation between Statoil and 4Subsea.
During the first two years, WellSpot™ was operated on-premise in Statoil with a traditional server structure as provided by Statoil’s datacentre.
WellSpot™ is an application (Software as a Service) which fully utilizes the potential in a cloud platform (Platform as a Service) and the cost and scalability benefits are considerable compared to traditional applications.
The picture above illustrates how WellSpot™ utilizes the dynamic scaling capabilities in Azure. Scaling of compute capacity also applies to analysis jobs, so if the system is processing large amounts of data, compute capacity is scaled dynamically to ensure efficient throughput.
Time spent on release of new features into production has been reduced from approximately 6 days to 1 hour by automating the complete process. When applications are deployed in the cloud, the architecture will be oriented towards web service integration.
A cloud application such as WellSpot™ makes it easy for Statoil to provide collaboration options towards vendors and partners, as opposed to applications running on-premise. Statoil federates with Office365, this gives a cost effective option to authenticate with other organizations running Office365. Security concerns in any software solution range from user authentication and authorization to network attack prevention and securing data. Ensuring that data and services survive disasters requires infrastructure in physically separate locations. Cloud applications like WellSpot™ must secure the communication channel between the cloud and end users.
WellSpot™ secures access by requiring end users to have membership in Statoil’s Active Directory. As the example with WellSpot™ demonstrates, there are benefits related to both scalability and cost by adapting to a cloud solution.
With cloud computing, even small applications will benefit from economy of scale, high availability and theoretically unlimited storage and compute capacity. High grade physical security as well as support for industry standard security mechanisms makes Azure a solid foundation for building and hosting cloud solutions.
Cloud computing may have a cost benefit for applications not originally built for the cloud. 4Subsea recommends the implementation of a cloud computing model as it provides the means for new business models and promotes collaboration between Statoil, vendors and partners.
The latest version of Ubuntu Server (9.10) includes the Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud (UEC), which is actually powered by Eucalyptus.
I noticed while installing the new version of Ubuntu server yesterday that there is a cloud cluster and node option for deployment.
The question comes from a very technically savvy network engineer who, according to a recent survey by web-hosting provider Peer 1, is not alone in asking this question. The answer to the question “how does one use the cloud, private or otherwise” turns out to be both simple and complex. A cloud computing environment is primarily an architectural framework for automatically managing compute resources in a way that ensures the scalability and reliability of applications. It is the virtual image that is deployed into the cloud computing environment, and it is the virtual image that is managed by EUC. Once the base framework is in place you deploy images of applications.In the case of UEC you either download, select, or bundle an image of an application and then push it into the cloud via the UEC management interface. Cloud computing is ultimately just a new way to deploy and manage applications and their supporting infrastructure that is more efficient than traditional methods without sacrificing performance or reliability.  You use “the cloud” by deploying applications into it, and letting it do the rest. Lori MacVittie is responsible for education and evangelism of application services available across F5’s entire product suite.
The competition among public cloud providers is red hot, private cloud continues to grab increasing shares of IT budgets, and hybrid cloud strategies are beginning to conquer the enterprise IT world.
Big Data is driving dramatic leaps in resource requirements and capabilities, and now the Internet of Things promises an exponential leap in the size of the Internet and Worldwide Web. The world of SDX now encompasses Software-Defined Data Centers (SDDCs) as the technology world prepares for the Zettabyte Age.
Add the key topics of WebRTC and DevOps into the mix, and you have three days of pure cloud computing that you simply cannot miss. Delegates will leave Cloud Expo with dramatically increased understanding the entire scope of the entire cloud computing spectrum from storage to security.
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This post is part of a ten part series on the important things to consider when working with SaaS business Intelligence vendors.
When evaluating SaaS solutions its important to execute a Total Cost of Ownership analysis. Most executives who look to SaaS as a solution see Capital and Operating expenses as leading ways to save money and in almost every case SaaS demonstrates solid savings on both fronts. The screen shot below shows an overview of part of our calculator if your interested in getting a copy to try out on your own leave a comment here and we’ll make sure to send you one. Cloud Computing on UlitzerIn an important industry contribution, The Open Group has published a white paper on how to build and measure cloud computing return on investment (ROI). In presenting their model, business metrics were used to translate indicators of cloud computing capacity-utilization curves into direct and indirect business benefits. Kevin Jackson, founder of the GovCloud Network, is an independent technology and business consultant specializing in mission critical solutions.
In accordance with our Comment Policy, we encourage comments that are on topic, relevant and to-the-point. This is the challenge we faced when we looked to refresh our existing 10-year-old custom hardware stack to measure the fullness of trash cans and compactors.Aug. Whether you’re a business leader, an IT manager, or an analyst, we want to help you and the people you need to influence with a free copy of “Cloud Analytics for Dummies,” the essential guide to this explosive new space for business intelligence.Aug. The Internet of Things (IoT) is the most profound change in personal and enterprise IT since the creation of the Worldwide Web more than 20 years ago.
In his session at Cloud Expo, Ed Featherston, a director and senior enterprise architect at Collaborative Consulting, will discuss the key considerations around quality, volume, timeliness, and pedigree that must be dealt with in order to properly fuel that engine.Aug.
In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Yu Hao, CEO and co-founder of SpeedyCloud, answered these questions and discussed the results of SpeedyCloud’s survey. For many that’s a good sign, as data has been proven to equal money – IF it’s ingested, integrated, and analyzed fast enough. Total cost of ownership, or TCO, is a formula that assesses direct and indirect costs and benefits related to the purchase of any IT component. The trouble with TCO as it pertains to cloud computing is that the models require an understanding of the true value of cloud-based technology. Cloud providers have their own TCO calculation services that they use to show basic value, and they use this tool to sell cloud services. But TCO calculation models that are for specific cloud provider do not go far enough to truly define the cost saving, which for enterprises is much more holistic.
Second, everyone is now discovering that the real benefit of cloud computing is not the cost savings it can bring, but the fact that IT can react much faster and more effectively to changes in the business. This is the value of agility and time-to-market, which is difficult to measure for those looking to leverage cloud. If it were just about cost savings and scaling, using public clouds would be more expensive, in many instances. Finally, you have to consider your existing investment in hardware, software, and facilities.
So, if TCO models are domain-dependent, then defining your own model will be part of the process.


What’s important about doing this exercise is that you define something that’s more of a living model, versus something that just deals with an instance in time. Most organizations don’t define the actual TCO, and end up missing the market when it comes to IT’s ability to deliver more value the business. IT must guess -- usually incorrectly -- on proper sizing of machine instances in public clouds. Businesses have a range of paths to the cloud, including infrastructure, platforms and applications that are available from cloud providers as online services. If you reside outside of the United States, you consent to having your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States. The application is designed to handle both calculations and information management related to wellhead systems.
Release of new features took minimum 6 days, which is quite high compared to other applications. In a traditional setup WellSpot capacity is fixed, it can be increased, but that requires manual processes. From time to time WellSpot™ performs heavy analysis which increases the load and requires more capacity.
By dynamically adjusting the capacity based on experienced load, compute hours are reduced from approximately 15500 to 7000 hours per month. Instead of using “back door” integrations with Line-of-Business (LOB) systems, applications will have to use established web services when retrieving or receiving external data.
Ensuring that sufficient threat modelling is performed and proper security measures are in place are crucial to avoid loss or theft of data and for preventing unauthorized access. Azure supports data replication between datacentres, and solutions can be deployed and configured with fail-over between different physical locations. Azure have built-in support for SSL and TLS, providing encryption of communications between Azure and on-premise datacentres. By using standard federation protocols supported by Azure authentication services, applications can be configured to grant Statoil users single sign-on access. Based on the data sensitivity requirements, a satisfactory encryption strategy must be established. No longer bound to proprietary infrastructure, solutions can be made available to organizations worldwide. The ability to deploy a “cloud” on any server running Ubuntu is really quite amazing, especially given the compatibility of Eucalyptus with Amazon and the plethora of application images available for nearly immediate deployment. Using Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud, you can experience the benefits of cloud computing behind your firewall.
I read through the tutorial on how to set up the cloud, but how does one use the cloud, private or otherwise? In the independent study conducted for Peer 1 39 percent of the over 200 IT decision makers surveyed said that their lack of knowledge is preventing them from adopting cloud computing. Perhaps at this point it would be a good idea to back up and talk generalities and concepts.
Inside the image your application(s) is running, and when the compute resources assigned to that image – not the application, but the image – are in danger of being completely consumed UEC (or appropriate cloud computing management framework in public implementations) will automatically start another virtual image containing your application, assuming there are available compute resources in the “cloud cluster”. From there, UEC (or any cloud computing environment really) should take care of automatically scaling that application up or down based on compute resource need. But you can also use cloud computing environments to deploy images of infrastructure solutions such as virtual appliances that provide security or load balancing or logging or a plethora of enterprise-focused functionality.
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A frequent question that organizations ask when researching cloud computing solutions is, “What is the total cost of ownership (TCO)?” TCO is a common measuring tool for evaluating the direct and indirect costs and benefits involved with implementing a specific project.
He has served in various senior management positions including VP & GM Cloud Services NJVC, Worldwide Sales Executive for IBM and VP Program Management Office at JP Morgan Chase. We will remove comments that include profanity, personal attacks, racial slurs, threats of violence, or other inappropriate material that violates our Terms and Conditions, and will block users who make repeated violations. This turnkey, hyper-converged cloud appliance offers scale-out infrastructure, cloud management tools and a uniquely designed user interface that empowers its clients to deploy and consume Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) without the complexity and time typically associated with alternative private cloud solutions.Aug. These new classification techniques mean that traffic optimization, policy enforcement, and user experience are largely unaffected by encryption. The goal is a final figure that will reflect the true purchase price, all things considered. AWS’s is perhaps the most well known, and actually does a pretty good job of understanding some of the simple costs and benefits of using their cloud services.
The benefit you get from using cloud-based platforms, public and private, relates directly to the type of organization you are, and the business processes you support. This is where TCO models morph from hard and easy to understand calculations, to grey areas that are difficult to understand and prove. We know that there is value there, but the ability to measure that value in the context of a TCO calculation remains elusive.
Many organizations ignore the millions spent on new supporting infrastructure, which actually becomes a key driver in defining the TCO, as well as defining a good timing to make the move.
The best approach is to consider a list of attributes for the model, and then the degree to which these properties are relevant to your problem domain or enterprise. Those 10 million dollars you spent on a new data center, and servers to fill it, can’t be recovered. In moving to cloud-based platforms, there are new skills and talent required that are likely different from the skills and talent you have in place. The amount of money it will take to move some applications and data to cloud-based platforms, including redoing aspects of the applications to better support cloud.
This includes the fees paid to the cloud provider, in the case of using public clouds, over a duration of time and should include a changing operational load. Or, the value that the company places on the ability to shift or align quickly to the changing needs of the business. The hardware and software budgets of the past get a complete makeover, with most traditional purchases being greatly reduced or eliminated altogether.
If you’re in the healthcare or finance verticals, you’re already aware of the issues around compliance with rules and regulations. As we become more aware of the value points we’ve defined in our TCO, and thus how to adjust them accordingly, the more accurate and valuable our TCO model becomes. If you go by cost data alone, you may save some operational expenses in the short term, but the justification of continuing the march toward cloud computing just won’t be there.
The point is that by using an on-demand supplier you are also buying access to highly secure enterprise data centre facilities, skilled staffed specifically trained to support given applications and infrastructure, regularly scheduled backups, built in redundancy, easily shareable applications for supporting cross organizational business processes a€“ to mention just some of the benefits.
Many people may be confused by the range of offerings and the terminology used to describe them and will be unsure of the risk and benefits. Capacity costs money and the above picture illustrates the potential for saving money if the capacity could be adjusted according to required load by a more flexible infrastructure. For data traveling from internal systems to the cloud solution, integration services on premise are needed to push data to established web services in the cloud application. Azure [2] implements a wide range of mechanisms to ensure a secure platform on which solutions can be built. Additional benefits from replicated systems can be gained by providing access to the solutions closer to end users located in different regions of the world.
Additionally, communication between systems within Azure can be encrypted, like data moving to and from databases and virtual machines. With Statoil’s already established Active Directory infrastructure, the same user authentication strategy can be used for applications deployed both on-premises and in the cloud. Current focus is now to federate with vendors so that Statoil can fully utilize the collaboration potential in WellSpot.
It supports both a public and private option, and a hybrid model, and comes replete with management tools designed to make building, deploying, and managing your own personal, private cloud a breeze. It is, apparently, not an answer to how do I build a cloud that would-be cloud computing adopters need, but rather how do I use a cloud? Security and lack of control also ranked high (24 and 21 percent, respectively) but still fall short of the apparent lack of knowledge regarding cloud computing as an obstacle to adoption. Those applications are generally packaged into “images” in a virtual machine format: AMI (Amazon Machine Image), VMWare, Xen, and Microsoft Hyper-V are all options available in general, though EUC appears to have “standardized” on AMI. End users interface with the applications and cloud computing users interface with all the nuts and bolts. Obviously scaling up requires that you have more than one “node” in your “cloud cluster” or that you’re taking advantage of UEC’s integration with Amazon.


You could use UEC or any other cloud computing environment for testing, development, design of new architectures; use it to evaluate new application products and implement proofs of concepts in an environment that closely simulates your production environment.
MacVittie has extensive programming experience as an application architect, as well as network and systems development and administration expertise. The floor also features two Demo Theaters that give delegates the opportunity to get even closer to the technology they want to see and the people who offer it.
The end goal is to come up with a final “purchase price.” In order to effectively determine TCO for cloud computing, organizations must understand the true value of cloud computing technology. SaaS demonstrates compelling opportunities for significant return on investment (ROI) but over time these projects can catch up to the cost of traditional software solutions.
There are dozens of variables included in the model but several important components include the pricing, customization costs, data and application integration expense and understanding the growth trajectory of the project, the data and the user base. As more users adopt a SaaS project the additional license costs can start to overwhelm your budget.
His formal education includes MSEE (Computer Engineering), MA National Security & Strategic Studies and a BS Aerospace Engineering.
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Both can provide consistent measurement, visibility, and suggest performance improvements customized to help reach goals. Some businesses will capitalize on these promising new technologies and gain key insights that’ll help them gain competitive advantage. We build beautiful dashboards and even have fancy query languages to access and transform the data. Simply stated, communicate the most relevant offer to the right person and you will increase sales.
There are more moving parts that need to be assessed, as well as benefits that are there, but hard to define and determine. Other factors should be considered as well, such as existing skills of the staff, existing investment in hardware, software, and facilities, as well as existing laws and regulatory pressures.
However, when I do the TCO analysis out in the corporate world, the outcome proves time and time again that this is the core value of using the cloud. This will provide you with the ability to understand what benefits of cloud computing are most relevant to your business, and thus gain a true idea of the TCO. Leveraging cloud as a replacement for existing infrastructure means you have to factor the cost of sidelining the existing assets.
This should be considered around points of value delivered, such as the ability to quickly stand up cloud-based systems in support of a strategic acquisition, or to quickly scale up to higher storage capabilities in support of expanding R&D to new and emerging product lines. Add all this in and for many the cost is easily outweighed by the reduced risk and added value of on-demand services.
This gallery, written for Computer Weekly, by Bob Tarzey of Quocirca aims to provide further insight. Facebook is able to roll out new functionality within 24 hrs [1] and has millions of users worldwide.
Again, this architecture enforces proper system isolation and promotes service-orientation. Employing an “assume breach” mind-set, the Azure teams continually work to identify potential vulnerabilities in the platform and proactively eliminate threats before they become a risk.
WellSpot™ secures both file-based data and databases against disasters by replicating between the Amsterdam and Dublin datacentres. Azure offers support for a wide range of industry standard encryption capabilities that gives solutions the flexibility to implement those requirements.
It is the management of those nuts and bolts that Ubuntu makes look so easy with Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud (UEC).
Prior to joining F5, MacVittie was an award-winning Senior Technology Editor at Network Computing Magazine, where she conducted product research and evaluation focused on integration with application and network architectures, and authored articles on a variety of topics aimed at IT professionals. Following are some insights for how to evaluate the TCO of cloud initiatives.The TCO of cloud computing is enterprise-dependentThe benefits organizations reap from using cloud computing solutions relate directly to the type of organization and the business processes it supports. Our analysis of some projects show that in certain circumstances SaaS TCO can start to give way to traditional TCO at the 3.5 year mark of a project.
Jackson graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1979 and retired from the US Navy earning specialties in Space Systems Engineering, Airborne Logistics and Airborne Command and Control.
What do you do if you have to build a solution from the ground up that is expected to live in the field for at least 5-10 years? I propose we think differently about cloud computing and TCO, and indeed this is a core requirement as we move businesses to the cloud. Running TCO models that don’t consider the type of organization, as well as many other factors, are unlikely to result in a true holistic value of this technology.
And dona€™t forget, at some point all that on-premise hardware and software will need replacing; with on-demand providers that is part of the service, or at least it should be. Applications running on Azure will therefore have many of the required security mechanisms already provided by the platform.
WellSpot™ has gone through data sensitivity evaluations, and encryption is not a requirement for WellSpot™ at the moment.
For example, a healthcare organization would benefit from implementing a compliant cloud-based solution that would safeguard protected health information (PHI) while adhering to regulations prescribed by HIPAA (Health Information Portability and Accountability Act). It is important to state that in short term projects SaaS will almost always beat the TCO of traditional projects. He also served with the National Reconnaissance Office, Operational Support Office, providing tactical support to Navy and Marine Corps forces worldwide. But what if you could automate provisioning and deployment to deliver error free environments faster? The more business becomes digital the more stakeholders are interested in this data including how it relates to business. In addition to optimizing their back-end AWS offerings, Amazon is laying the ground work to be a major force in IoT – especially in the connected home and office.
Consequently, digital marketers developed many ways to gather and leverage customer information to deliver targeted experiences. Different types of data will be evaluated for sensitivity as the application grows and new types are added to the solution. However, the organization should weigh the benefits of this solution against the existing skills of its staff, their existing IT investments (hardware, software and facilities) and any existing regulatory requirements. Kevin is the founder and author of “Cloud Musings”, a widely followed blog that focuses on the use of cloud computing by the Federal government.
We're rapidly approaching a data production of 40 zettabytes a day – more than we can every physically store, and exabytes and yottabytes are just around the corner.
This frees up the time and resources of an organization’s internal IT team to focus on more strategic initiatives.
However, enterprises must overcome a number of critical challenges to bring these new solutions to market.
Before replacing them with cloud-based solutions, they should factor in the costs to replace or reuse these assets.Existing skill setsMoving to cloud-based platforms often requires skills that are  different from what an organization already has in place.
Organizations need to factor in the cost to transition to these new skill sets – whether it involves training existing personnel or hiring additional human resources to bridge the talent gap.Service level agreements (SLAs) and contract termsBy leveraging a cloud computing solution, organizations give up some control to the cloud provider. Some questions to ask a cloud provider include the following.Does the contract require an upfront long-term commitment?How easy is it to change the number of users?
What penalties or per-user price charges are associated with these changes?Does the SLA provide an uptime guarantee of at least 99.999%? What penalties are imposed on the vendor if there is an outage?What options and penalties does the vendor provide if an organization terminates the service? If an organization terminates the contract, how do they get their data back.Application customization requirementsMost SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) applications are customized via configuration versus source code customization. Organizations often prefer OpEx over CapEx since all payments during the year count against the income statement and do not directly affect their balance sheet.Considering a move to the cloud?
He has more than 25 years of experience building companies and bringing cutting edge technologies to enterprise customers as a service, including video conferencing, co-location and cloud computing. Earlier in his career, Art served in the United States Air Force as the Executive Officer to the Director for Military Communications Programs.



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