Week 8 dussion

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This presentation from NIST is a little dated, yet it still provides a good overview of Cloud Computing Management: "Presentation on Effectively and Securely Using the Cloud Computing Paradigm v26". Read the publications linked at the top of this page and review that presentation. Once you do, pick one of the topics below for your week 8 main post. Answer it as if you're an IT Manager.

  1. One of the benefits of cloud computing is its elasticity / ability to scale on demand. Explain this concept. How would an IT Manager use it to ensure the right amount of computing storage, processing and virtual network bandwidth is being used? Provide examples of when a cloud environment would need to be scaled up and scaled down.
  2. There are four cloud deployment models (see slide 13). Compare two of these models. Provide examples of when an IT Manager would use each model. Include the advantages and challenges of each. [Note: If you pick this question after it's been answered by another student, make sure you don't discuss the same two models.]
  3. Explain the steps you would take to migrate an in-house application or service to a cloud service. Include how you'd ensure a smooth transition to the cloud.
  4. As an IT Manager using cloud services, how do you ensure your data is properly protected? What steps would you take and questions would you ask? Include a discussion about disaster recovery.
  5. A key service provided by CSPs is logging and auditing. Explain how you'd ensure the right information is being logged by your CSP. Include the type of information that should be logged and who's responsible for reviewing the log data. Make sure you backup your answer.
  6. Explain the role of Service Level Agreements (SLAs) with CSPs. Provide examples of SLAs. How would an IT Manager ensure an SLA is being met by the CSP? What can the IT Manager do if it's not.
  7. Slides 55 - 59 provide comments on cloud computing from industry thought leaders. Pick one of the thought leaders and review the referenced article (look in the Notes section). Provide a summary in your own words of the thought leader's comments. Do Not repeat a topic previously discussed by a student.
  8. Slide 64 discusses the three features of mature SaaS applications. Describe these in your own words. Provide examples of each feature. Include why this is important to an IT Manager using cloud services.
  9. Review the SaaS Maturity Levels. Explain and provide an example for each.
  10. Explain the concept of Utility Computing. How could this benefit a small business without a lot of computing needs? Provide at least one additional reference.
  11. Explain the concept of Service Oriented Architectures. Include it's benefits and challenges and how it could be used within an IT Department. Provide at least one additional reference.
  12. Explain Cloud Economics. Why is this an important concept for IT Managers using cloud services? Provide at least one additional resource from the past two years on this topic.

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Steps of Migrating an In-House Application to Cloud Server
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Explain the steps you would take to migrate an in-house application or service to a cloud
service. Include how you'd ensure a smooth transition to the cloud.
Adoption of cloud service is an integral part of the organization since it ensures more
secure data allowing the organization to operate without any fear of loss of their data. Moving
the company’s existing application to the cloud-based infrastructure is, therefore, an essential
step for enjoying the advantages that come with the cloud application. One of ...

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