Monday, April 16, 2012
Funny 'Tad' is a Tad Bit Too Much of a Stretch to Understand Microsoft's Message and Comparison of Virtualization and Cloud Technology
Some IT providers are talking cloud, but still living in a virt-based world. See why Microsoft offers a private cloud solution that is built for the future and ready now (See vm-limited.com).
Have you seen Tad? ... complete with a horseshoe mustache and 70's hairstyle and clothing? OK Tad might be funny, but Microsoft, as usual, doesn't explain itself very well. Good luck understanding what VMlimited and virtualization -- apparently Tad's mystic version of IT.
A private cloud is Microsft's new model for IT delivery. It turns a datacenter’s infrastructure resources into a single compute “cloud” and enables the key benefits of cloud computing:
In a private cloud, a user's key resources—compute, storage, and networking—are pooled and abstracted into units that enable you to dynamically provision and scale applications and resources.
Users can deliver applications and resources as services. Customers can request, configure, and manage IT services through an interactive portal that allows for automated provisioning.
Resources can quickly be expanded or contracted through automation or workflow, so IT services can be scaled up or down almost instantly to meet business requirements.
With resources as services, usage can be metered so that you and your customers pay for only the resources that are actually consumed.
Cloud computing is the delivery of computing to multiple devices as a service rather than a product. Shared resources, software, and information are provided to computers and other devices as a utility (like the electricity grid) over a network, as in 'the Internet.'
Users access cloud based applications through a web browser or a desktop or mobile app while the provider's business software and data are stored on servers at a remote location. Cloud application providers strive to give the same or better service and performance than if the software programs were installed locally on end-user computers. However, many people are skeptical about becoming dependent on a 'cloud provider.'
Amazon provides and 'amazon cloud drive' with free online storage that is expandable. The service offers the promise to never worry about losing files again.
Apple iCloud stores music, photos, documents, and apps for use on multiple devices. Photos can automatically be synchronized immediately after captured on wireless connected Apple iPad, iPod, or iPhone.
See more ...
Microsoft Server and Cloud Platform
amazon cloud drive
At the corporate/business level, see ...
Google 'managed cloud services'
Wikipedia 'Cloud Computing'
Some IT providers claim they have a cloud solution but they really offer something less. They don't offer common management tools that allow you to easily manage and migrate across your private and public clouds.