The Cloud Pyramid – IT as a Servic...

The Cloud Pyramid – IT as a Service

Posted by admin in Tips & How-to on August 12, 2010 with 3 Comments

Hi again,

Cloud Computing comes in various definition to many people. We have been asked many times as well, and we think one of the best way to understand “what is cloud computing” is to look at the Cloud Pyramid*. It illustrate how the cloud computing services are being stack up. This would also gives you the perspective of where SKALI plays.

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IT as a Service

In the recent years, we have seen the new advances in processors, virtualisation technology, distributed storage, broadband Internet access, automated management and fast, inexpensive servers have all combined to make cloud computing a compelling paradigm. Cloud computing has change IT to be delivered as a Service (instead of the traditional owning an infra /server /software /development platform)… either on public or private clouds.

It has practically divided IT into 3 areas of service deliveries.

  1. Application - Software as a Service (SaaS) — an example such as Gmail, Salesforce.com, Blogspot
  2. Platform - Platform as a Service (PaaS) — an example such as Windows Azure, Google App Engine, Force.com
  3. Infrastructure - Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) — Amazon EC2, Rackspace Cloud, Terremark

To understand the cloud-model better, let’s see it by stacking it up as a building block of a pyramid — because you can’t build the layer(s) above before having the layer(s) below. For example, you can’t build a cloud-platform ontop of cloud-application. You have to build from the bottom up, and not the other way around. The higher you are on the stack, you tend to forget the importance of what’s underneath (when you use Gmail, do you really care what platform does it built upon and how complex is the server architecture?). The layers are pretty much dependent to each other, but they can somehow exist on its own (pure play PaaS or SaaS provider).

The higher you are on the stack, the more niche it gets (think crm on salesforce, and email on gmail). It requires lesser technical skills and much easier to use. It provide almost immediate benefits to the organisation/individual to use the application to increase the automation or streamline workflows to become more efficient.

On the other hand, the lower you are on the stack, the more control you have (you can control how your servers are being configured to the exact specifications and fault-tolerance you need). You have more freedom and the breadth to do whatever you need to develop your application in whichever way you can (think Windows/SQL Azure or Google AppEngine) or how the servers are load-balanced, with your chosen operating system, interacted over a specific VLAN within the cloud (think GoGrid or AWS). The lower you are, the higher degree of technical skills required. It offers the flexibility as if you run your own physical data center (this IS your virtual data center).

There are myriad of cloud service providers out there. Choose the one suitable to your needs.

We at SKALI, focusing on providing the public cloud-based infrastructure services located in Malaysia (able to serve you closer). Instead of you stuck with the traditional rigid hosting packages for a determined contract period, our cloud-infra able to provide you with the full root control and the elasticity needed to grow or shrink as you required, pay as you grow.

Do you agree with our thoughts here? comments below.

SKALI Cloud team.

Limited trials available – email us at support(at)skalicloud.com

*the Cloud Pyramid was originally coined by the innovative folks from GoGrid.com

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3 Comments

http://www.skalicloud.comMichael Sheehan on August 17, 2010  ·  Reply

Hello,

I’m glad that you like our concept of the Cloud Pyramid. We (at GoGrid) do feel that it helps to explain the complex layers of cloud computing.

In order to better explain the Cloud Pyramid, a concept we coined a few years ago, we have set up the following site: http://pyramid.gogrid.com.

As some of the concepts that you outlined were originally conceptualized by us, as well as graphically outlined, we would appreciate some attribution.

Thank you,
Michael Sheehan
Technology Evangelist for GoGrid

http://www.skalicloud.comsherkhan on August 17, 2010  ·  Reply

Thank you Michael for highlighting. Yes we’ve actually learnt from you guys (one of the pioneers in the cloud service providers). I”ve revised the article to acknowledge gogrid. We love the video too! You’ve pretty much set the standard in the industry.

Thanks for stopping by and the comment given.

Sher Khan.

http://www.skalicloud.comMichael Sheehan on August 17, 2010  ·  Reply

Thanks Sherkhan for the recognition (as well as updating your post). We definitely appreciate it. Good luck!

-Michael

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