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Assignment 4: Virtualization and the Cloud Computing World

Due Week 9 and worth 200 points

The popularity and rapid adoption of Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) by a number of organizations has impacted internal IT / IS departments. These services provide a virtualization infrastructure that covers data storage, networking, desktop computing, mobile computing, and so on.

Write a two to three page paper in which you:

  1. Describe at least three items that an organization’s IT / IS department should consider when an organization’s strategy calls for the use of SaaS, PaaS, or IaaS.
  2. Evaluate the ways that SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS are used to reduce Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) and increase Return on Investment (ROI).
  3. Examine the impact to the IT support personnel when an organization embarks on the strategy stated in Question 1.
  4. Analyze three considerations that the organization’s management should be aware of.
  5. Examine three security issues that could arise from this type of an infrastructure.
  6. Use at least three quality resources in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia and similar websites do not qualify as quality resources.

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

  • This course requires use of Strayer Writing Standards (SWS). The format is different than other Strayer University courses. Please take a moment to review the SWS documentation for details.
  • Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required assignment page length.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

  • Describe the process of administering enterprise systems, including the use of virtualization and monitoring, and power and cooling issues.
  • Evaluate the total cost of ownership and return on investment for enterprise architecture alternatives.
  • Evaluate the use of technology and information resources to research issues in Cloud and strategic networks.
  • Use technology and information resources to research issues in enterprise architecture.
  • Write clearly and concisely about enterprise architecture topics using proper writing mechanics and technical style conventions.

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Virtualization and the cloud computing world
Considerations to Be Made Before Selecting SaaS, IaaS, PaaS
The first consideration that should be made is the purpose that any of the three systems
above will serve in an organization. A clear comprehension of the purpose to be accomplished by
such cloud computing systems will enable the organization to determine how appropriately they
can integrate the computing systems with their preexisting systems as well as their staff (Thieda,
2014). In addition, an understanding of the purpose will help the company decide the best cloud
computing approach to follow. Furthermore, an organization should consider the various license
agreements that have to be signed before obtaining the services of either IaaS, PaaS or SaaS.
Taking into considerations such agreements will enable the respective departments to discern the
agreements to ascertain that the agreement does not favor only the service providers but also the
company (Thieda, 2014). The agreements should also be flexible to allow for future

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