Which Cloud Service is Best for You?

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Cloud engineering continues to be a cutting-edge transformative technology even though it has been around for quite a while. Everybody thinks they know what cloud engineering is but most do not understand the complete picture.

Cloud engineering applies engineering disciplines to cloud computing to solve very real and significant business challenges. You are probably using the cloud right now, even if you don’t realize it. Sending emails, watching online movies, storing videos and photos, or play games all require cloud computing working behind the scenes.

Cloud computing delivers computing services such as servers, storage, databases, networking, software analytics and more over the internet. Companies that provide cloud services typically charge based on usage.

There are business benefits for companies that choose cloud computing. Cost savings is perhaps the biggest one, as using the cloud eliminates the need to purchase hardware and software, and pay for the set up and running of servers, and the maintenance of the equipment.

Time is another advantage. Setting up cloud services is just few click away and there’s no need for any upfront capacity planning. Scalability is another advantage of the cloud as you can expand your services as the business grows. There is no need to worry about your growing IT requirement.

We can categorize cloud computing services into three broad categories: Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Software as a service (SaaS). Figure 1 provides a summary of the three models.

IaaS

With IaaS, you can rent IT infrastructure like servers, Virtual Machines (VMs), storage, network and an Operating System (OS) from a cloud provider on a pay-as-you-go basis. Examples of IaaS provides include Amazon Web Services, Cisco Metacloud, Google, IBM and Microsoft Azure. For example, AWS offers a suite of cloud computing services and operates in 16 geographical regions around the world.

PaaS

The platform-as-a-Service models provides cloud computing services in an on-demand environment for developing, testing, delivering and managing software applications without the worry of setting up and managing the underlying infrastructure. Examples include AWS Elastic Beanstalk, Windows Azure, Google, IBM, and Apple.

SaaS

The Software-as-a-Service model delivers software applications on-demand over the internet typically on a subscription basis. Examples include, Google Apps, Cisco WebEX, Citrix and GoToMeeting.

Figure 1

Defining the three as-a-service options

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Source: Aricent

Aricent’s Cloud Solutions

Aricent has emerged as a global leader in cloud engineering solutions. Aricent’s software framework helps companies accelerate product realization. For example, the Aricent Cloud Enabling Solution (ACES) is a software framework that automates the integration, testing and orchestration of infrastructure and PaaS. Aricent’s focused capabilities, offerings and enabling software solutions is well positioned to cater to all requirements.

Aricent cloud engineering services include:

  • DevOps: Aricent DevOps Services help clients transform their software delivery process and accelerate product-release cycle time, while improving operational efficiency.
  • Cloud Architecture: Aricent helps clients design world-class cloud platform blueprints and create cloud-optimized applications.
  • Cloud Implementation: Aricent Cloud Implementation Services help set up cloud datacenters according to the blueprints, and migrate and integrate services.
  • Cloud Testing: Aricent Cloud testing services test the cloud datacenter and the applications deployed in the cloud. This service includes security testing, cloud test-lab setup and testing.
  • Deployment and DevOps: Aricent Deployment and DevOps Services provides the setup processes, toolchains and automated workflows for continuous integration and deployment on the clouds.
  • Post Deployment: Aricent provides services such as 24/7 cloud monitoring and management post deployment.

Additional details about Aricent services can be found on the Aricent web page here

 

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