Are you in the Cloud yet? Microsoft and Fpweb.net are “all in”. Cloud computing adoption is soaring, but there are still a lot of IT pros and decision makers who don’t trust or simply don’t understand the benefits and details of how it works.
So what’s ‘The Cloud’ all about?
Cloud computing takes the efficiency gained by virtualization over physical hardware to the next level. With the Cloud, computing resources can be scaled up and down on demand better utilizing the underlying computing resources.
Cloud computing is divided into three service models:
- Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)
- Platform as a Service (PaaS)
- Software as a Service (SaaS)
Along with these service models, there are also different deployment models: public, private, community, and hybrid clouds. We’ll focus on private cloud environments for the remainder of this article.
For an excellent overview of the different cloud models please see the Technet wiki article What is Infrastructure as a Service by Bill Loeffler. In his article, Bill describes the three cloud service models as follows:
- Cloud Software as a Service (SaaS). The capability provided to the consumer is to use the provider’s applications running on a cloud infrastructure. The applications are accessible from various client devices through a thin client interface such as a web browser (e.g., web-based email). The consumer doesn’t manage or control the underlying cloud infrastructure including network, servers, operating systems, storage, or even individual application capabilities, with the possible exception of provider-defined, user-specific application configuration settings. Examples: Gmail, Facebook
- Cloud Platform as a Service (PaaS). The capability provided to the consumer is to deploy onto the cloud infrastructure consumer-created or acquired applications created using programming languages and tools supported by the provider. The consumer doesn’t manage or control the underlying cloud infrastructure including network, servers, operating systems, or storage, but has control over the deployed applications and possibly application hosting environment configurations. Examples: Facebook, Force.com
- Cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS).The capability provided to the consumer is to provision processing, storage, networks, and other fundamental computing resources where the consumer is able to deploy and run arbitrary software, which can include operating systems and applications. The consumer doesn’t manage or control the underlying cloud physical infrastructure but has control over operating systems, storage, deployed applications, and possibly limited control of select networking components. Examples: Fpweb.net SharePoint Private Clouds
Hosted Private Cloud Computing has several advantages to the traditional datacenter deployment model. The elimination of these headaches and money pits contributes to a dramatic reduction in total cost of ownership (TCO) of the solution and a fast return on investment (ROI).
More Benefits of Cloud Hosting
- Slash capital and operational expenditures
- No hardware depreciation
- No hardware maintenance
- No backup and patching
- No need to purchase extra hardware to accommodate long-term growth
- No need to purchase very expensive software licensing up front – pay as you use it
- No need to hire extra staff to maintain the hardware, backups, network, etc
So what’s Fpweb.net’s Private Cloud all about?
Fpweb.net’s SharePoint Private Cloud Solution falls in line with the infrastructure as a service cloud service model. Because you have complete control of environment, building a hybrid cloud solution is also possible using the interoperability of different cloud vendors through standardized identity stores and APIs. Fpweb.net takes a unique approach to the IaaS cloud delivery by focusing purely on SharePoint.
Microsoft certified SharePoint architects and administrators help you design, build, and support a solution with SharePoint in the cloud. Along with helping you design and build your SharePoint environment, we ensure the success of your solution by being your trusted SharePoint advisors. Our deep commitment and reach into the SharePoint community can be leveraged by our customers when they seek assistance finding the right tools and integrators to ensure the end user adoption and an amazing return on investment.
Fpweb.net wants to maintain a relationship with you as your trusted SharePoint advisor and give you total server control in your own Private Cloud.