Archive | March 2016

Understanding Cloud Computing or a Pay-As-You-Go Utility Model

Let’s understand what cloud computing and “Pay-As-You-Go” (PAYG) models are. Let’s first tackle PAYG. Simply put, PAYG is a “utility” computing model that allows a user to pay based on the incurred machine hours or the amount of resources consumed. This is a very interesting utility computing model. Users are charged based on their usage hours rather than on the entire infrastructure or computing resources present on-premises.

So when it comes to low costs – and mind you, it always does, it’s a perpetual necessity for organizations looking to cut down a lot of up-front charges and on-going IT expenses – for companies, what you have is billable hours on used services verses an actual, entire infrastructure fleet of computing resources. Which one wins? Of course, “utility” or on-demand usage wins hands down. A large capital expenditure may not be very beneficial when you know that using cloud services give you the low cost/low entry point. Therefore, you don’t require a complete infrastructure to serve your purpose; you just need an on-demand Cloud solution which gives you the biggest advantage of curtailing the upfront capital expenditure you’ll incur from traditional on-premises or in-house infrastructure.

Under this model, a dedicated cloud server – including software, storage, and development platforms – can be provisioned for your use and the billing for it can be done according to the use of server power and storage. This mechanism is called utility computing. PAYG is also known by other names such as Pay-Per-Usage, Pay-Per-Use or Pay-As-You-Us.

Uncover the Riches in the Clouds

The next facet of this automated delivery of IT and business services is the phenomenon called Cloud computing. In the past, users had only one way to run their applications or programs that is by using the services of their physical computers and servers present within the premises of their organization. But now, things have changed dramatically for the better because they can do that without setting up any extravagant infrastructure to run their applications/software. They can perform all their computation tasks, remotely, by going pay-as-you-go style. Cloud computing allows you to access your information via the high-speed internet connectivity, anywhere, and at any time.

For business and consumer communities, in terms of innovation, mobile access, immense computing power, and on-demand delivery, it is proving to be highly affordable and continues to be productive.

Some of the players in this space are:
Amazon EC2, Flexiscale, GoGrid, Joyent, AppNexeus RightScale, ElasticServer

Enterprise-Class Business Model, For Everyone

A little bit more on cloud computing: Cloud Computing is an all-inclusive term that describes a wide scope of computing services. As a matter of fact, as with other critical improvements in technology many vendors have simply begun to use the expression “Cloud” for products that sit outside of the basic definition. However, in order to really understand how the Cloud can bring value to an organization, it is important to figure out what it truly is and its availability through the ‘as-a-service’ paradigm. Its virtual and “open” business architecture enables organizations and different stakeholders like business partners, customers, etc. to connect and move into the cloud to do business.

The Cloud is a broad collection of services that gives organizations the high flexibility to choose where, when and how they use the technology of Cloud solutions, usually referred to as Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), and public, private or hybrid.

Now, let’s take a closer look at cloud pricing of cloud offerings. Cloud pricing is based on a fixed or a subscription-based pricing model: basically, a usage fee that allows customers/organizations/subscribers to purchase for a set payment for a specific period of time, typically on a monthly or annual basis. In the PaaS and IaaS models, however, a mix of billing for storage, server type, CPU usage, etc. is offered, for example, pay-as-you-go, monthly, quarterly, and annual. Move to the Cloud; make it a new business model for your organization and become more competitive.

Environmentally Friendly: Go Green Factor

Being energy efficient matters the most. Whether you have an internally hosted service or your requirement is outsourced to third-party cloud services providers, businesses can still be energy efficient either way. With cloud computing, be rest assured that you can save energy costs and contribute to a healthier planet by leaving a smaller carbon footprint.

 

6 Ways Businesses Can Take Advantage of IoT

It’s fascinating to watch billions of devices talk to each other every day. However, this amplification in connectivity brings innovation in the way we relate and use these devices. In this evolving IoT marketplace, the services related to those connected things help reap more value for businesses. Hence, IT industry pioneers are executing new ideas of connecting things and people to deliver new services to the market. We deliver end-to-end solutions in IoT from all primary mobile platforms to Apple Watch.

Let us see how businesses can take advantage of the internet of things

Increase Business Opportunities

IoT opens the door for new business opportunities and helps companies benefit from new revenue streams developed by advanced business models and services. IoT-driven innovations build strong business cases, reduce time to market and increase return on investments. IoT has the potential to transform the way consumers and businesses approach the world by leveraging the scope of the IoT beyond connectivity.

Enhanced Asset Utilization

IoT will improve tracking of assets (equipment, machinery, tools, etc.) using sensors and connectivity, which helps organizations benefit from real-time insights. Organizations could more easily locate issues in the assets and run preventive maintenance to improve asset utilization.

Efficient Processes

Being connected with a maximum number of devices to the internet, IoT allow businesses to be smarter with real-time operational insights while reducing operating costs. The data collected from logistics network, factory floor, and supply chain will help reduce inventory, time to market and downtime due to maintenance.

Improved Safety and Security

IoT services integrated with sensors and video cameras help monitor workplace to ensure equipment safety and protect against physical threats. The IoT connectivity coordinates multiple teams to resolve issues promptly.

Increase Productivity

Productivity plays a key role in the profitability of any business. IoT offers just-in-time training for employees, improve labor efficiency, and reduce mismatch of skills while increasing organizational productivity.

Cost Saving

The improved asset utilization, productivity, and process efficiencies can save your expenditures. For example, predictive analytics and real-time diagnostics drive down the maintenance costs.

IoT has reached the pinnacle of inflated expectations of emerging technologies. Even though IoT offers great potential value, organizations must overcome some significant challenges like data and information management issues, lack of interoperable technologies, security and privacy concerns, and the skills to manage IoT’s growing complexity. However, a professional IoT service provider can overcome these challenges and increase your return on investment.