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Cloud Computing

What is Cloud Computing?

GalacticData is a cloud database that typically runs on Amazon EC2 cloud computing platform. There are two common deployment models: users can run databases on the cloud independently, using a Virtual Machine image, or they can purchase access to a database service, maintained by GalacticData. Of the databases available on the cloud, some use SQL-based and others are NoSQL data model.

In the most basic cloud-service model, providers of IaaS offer computers – physical or (more often) virtual machines – and other resources. (A hypervisor, such asHyper-V or Xen or KVM or VMware ESX/ESXi, runs the virtual machines as guests. Pools of hypervisors within the cloud operational support-system can support large numbers of virtual machines and the ability to scale services up and down according to customers' varying requirements.) IaaS clouds often offer additional resources such as a virtual-machine disk image library, raw (block) and file-based storage, firewalls, load balancers, IP addresses,virtual local are networks (VLANs), and software bundles. GalacticData will supply these resources on-demand from the large pools installed in data centers. For wide-area connectivity, customers can use either the Internet or carrier clouds (dedicated virtual private networks).

GalacticData Cloud Computing Infrastructure 

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On-demand self-service

On-demand self-service allows users to obtain, configure and deploy cloud services themselves using cloud service catalogues, without requiring the assistance of IT. This feature is listed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) as a characteristic of cloud computing.

The self-service requirement of cloud computing prompts infrastructure vendors to create cloud computing templates, which are obtained from cloud service catalogues. Manufacturers of such templates or blueprints include BMC Software (BMC), with Service Blueprints as part of their cloud management platform Hewlett-Packard (HP), which names its templates as HP Cloud Maps, RightScale and Red Hat, which names its templates CloudForms.

To deploy their applications, cloud users install operating-system images and their application software on our cloud infrastructure. In this model, the cloud user patches and maintains the operating systems and the application software. GalacticData will typically bill IaaS services on a utility computing basis: cost will reflect the amount of resources allocated and consumed. Cloud communications and clould telephony, rather than replacing local computing infrastructure, replace local telecommunications infrastructure with Voice over IP and other off-site Internet services.

Advantages of Cloud Computing

Cloud computing relies on sharing of resources to achieve coherence and economies of scale, similar to a utility (like the electricity grid) over a network. At the foundation of cloud computing is the broader concept of converged infrastructure and shared services. Enables organizations to move away from a traditional CAPEX model (buy the dedicated hardware and depreciate it over a period of time) to the OPEX model (use a shared cloud infrastructure and pay as one uses it).

Cloud computing exhibits the following key characteristics:

  • Agility improves with users' ability to re-provision technological infrastructure resources.
  • Application programming interface (API) accessibility to software that enables machines to interact with cloud software in the same way that a traditional user interface (e.g., a computer desktop) facilitates interaction between humans and computers. Cloud computing systems typically use Representational State Transfer (REST)-based APIs.
  • Cost: cloud providers claim that computing costs reduce. A public-cloud delivery model converts capital expenditure to operating expenditure.
  • Device and location independence enable users to access systems using a web browser regardless of their location or what device they use (e.g., PC, mobile phone). As infrastructure is off-site (typically provided by a third-party) and accessed via the Internet, users can connect from anywhere.
  • Virtualization technology allows sharing of servers and storage devices and increased utilization. Applications can be easily migrated from one physical server to another.
  • Multitenancy enables sharing of resources and costs across a large pool of users thus allowing for:
    • centralization of infrastructure in locations with lower costs (such as real estate, electricity, etc.)
    • peak-load capacity increases (users need not engineer for highest possible load-levels)
    • utilization and efficiency improvements for systems that are often only 10–20% utilized.
  • Reliability improves with the use of multiple redundant sites, which makes well-designed cloud computing suitable for business continuity and disaster recovery.
  • Scalability and elasticity via dynamic ("on-demand") provisioning of resources on a fine-grained, self-service basis near real-time (Note, the VM startup time varies by VM type, location, os and cloud providers), without users having to engineer for peak loads.
  • Performance is monitored, and consistent and loosely coupled architectures are constructed using web services as the system interface.
  • Security can improve due to centralization of data, increased security-focused resources, etc., but concerns can persist about loss of control over certain sensitive data, and the lack of security for stored kernels. Security is often as good as or better than other traditional systems, in part because providers are able to devote resources to solving security issues that many customers cannot afford to tackle. However, the complexity of security is greatly increased when data is distributed over a wider area or over a greater number of devices, as well as in multi-tenant systems shared by unrelated users. In addition, user access to security audit logs may be difficult or impossible. Private cloud installations are in part motivated by users' desire to retain control over the infrastructure and avoid losing control of information security.
  • Maintenance of cloud computing applications is easier, because they do not need to be installed on each user's computer and can be accessed from different places.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology's definition of cloud computing identifies "five essential characteristics":

On-demand self-service. A consumer can unilaterally provision computing capabilities, such as server time and network storage, as needed automatically without requiring human interaction with each service provider.

Broad network access. Capabilities are available over the network and accessed through standard mechanisms that promote use by heterogeneous thin or thick client platforms (e.g., mobile phones, tablets, laptops, and workstations).

Resource pooling. The provider's computing resources are pooled to serve multiple consumers using a multi-tenant model, with different physical and virtual resources dynamically assigned and reassigned according to consumer demand. 

Rapid elasticity. Capabilities can be elastically provisioned and released, in some cases automatically, to scale rapidly outward and inward commensurate with demand. To the consumer, the capabilities available for provisioning often appear unlimited and can be appropriated in any quantity at any time.

Measured service. Cloud systems automatically control and optimize resource use by leveraging a metering capability at some level of abstraction appropriate to the type of service (e.g., storage, processing, bandwidth, and active user accounts). Resource usage can be monitored, controlled, and reported, providing transparency for both the provider and consumer of the utilized service.

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Residential Wifi 2 Yr Contract 1 Yr Contract Month to Month
Up to 1.5 Mbps/384 kbps 449.95 659.95 669.95
Up to 2.0 Mbps/512 kbps 669.95 879.95 989.95
Up to 3.0 Mbps/768 kbps (where available) 889.95 299.95 1109.95
Up to 4.0 Mbps/1.0 Mbps (where available) 1009.95 $2190.95 1290.95

Installation Price 999.95 1199.95 1299.95

Asymmetrical Business      
Up to 1.5 Mbps/384 kbps 659.95 869.95 979.95
Up to 1.5 Mbps/768 kbps 769.95 879.95 989.95
Up to 3.0 Mbps/384 kbps (where available) 889.95 1099.95 1109.95
Up to 3.0 Mbps/768 kbps (where available) 999.95 1109.95 1119.95
Up to 4.0 Mbps/1.0 Mbps (where available) 1129.95 1139.95 1149.95
Installation Price 1099.95 1199.95 1299.95
Symmetrical Business      
1.5 Mbps/1.5 Mbps 1299.95 1349.95 1449.95
2.0 Mbps/2.0 Mbps 1399.95 1449.95 1549.95
3.0 Mbps/3.0 Mbps 1449.95 1499.95 1599.95
Installation Price 1249.95 1249.95 1249.95

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