Cloud in S.A.
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Many people complain that the concept of cloud computing is merely a marketing term to define centralized, mainframe computing. However, the model of today’s cloud computing vastly differs from that of mainframes of the past.
First, the sheer amount of resources available makes today’s cloud computing incomparable to mainframe/terminal host computing. It’s nothing for cloud storage providers to quickly add another Gb of storage for a customer simply at the customer’s request thanks to scalable and flexible cloud-computing resources hosted by companies such as Ascendance. The efficiency of delivering cloud-computing resources is also credited to faster networking and Internet connectivity at a relatively low price. Admittedly we have slower speeds and more expensive connectivity costs in South Africa, versus the Europe and US, but that it about to change dramatically. We have already seen major changes in Telkom’s broadband offerings, mobile provider cost rates and finally the signature of “South Africa Connect” – Government’s broadband strategy and plan, on 6 December 2013.
Second, cloud computing is a broad umbrella under which many sub-divisions fall. Cloud computing can include Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) where a specific application or service is offered to a customer as a subscription. Dropbox is probably the best-known example of SaaS. Be careful though, your data may reside outside the borders of South Africa and you need to be aware of the POPI (Protection of Personal Information) Act, signed into law by the President of South Africa on 2 December 2013.
When utilizing cloud-based solutions, it is important to consider the following:
- Identification and protection of personal information in the cloud (i.e. data processed in unlawful manner, inappropriately collected data, unauthorized access to personal information and intellectual property, unauthorized exposure of data at cloud location, malicious activity of co-tenant, subpoena by law enforcement (digital evidence / e-discovery)).
- Responsibilities and liability of the cloud provider (i.e. ensuring that the agreement between your company and the cloud provider caters for the privacy and security requirements as stipulated in Section 19-22 of the PPI Bill).
- Cross-border transfer of personal information (ensuring compliance with Chapter 9 of the PPI Bill).
- Download this DOCUMENT if you are interested in how Ascendance can help with some of the POPI Act aspects.
Most small businesses will more than likely only use SaaS services as it provides a way of delivering a host of software and technical services that would otherwise be cost-prohibitive and difficult to manage as on-premise. Some small businesses will use Cloud Infrastructure (Infrastructure-as-a-Service or IaaS), whereby businesses can purchase IT infrastructure such as virtual resources (like servers, computer memory, firewalls and so forth). Fewer small business will use Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) which allows a platform on which you create and deploy custom applications, databases and line-of-business services integrated into one platform. Examples of PaaS include Windows Azure and Google App Engine.
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‘The Cloud’ also known as Cloud Computing is far from being a new concept and has evolved from only being “computing”. Ascendance helps you make sense of what “cloud” means for you and your business. Many definitions of cloud computing exist, but in simple terms “the cloud” refers to the practice of using a network of remote servers (computers) hosted on the Internet (in data centers) to store, manage, and process data, rather than using a local (on own premises) server or a personal computer.
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The benefits of Cloud Solutions are multiple and will vary for each business, but it is safe to say that Cloud computing has proven a “windfall” to especially small businesses, where it hits a pretty sweet spot. With cloud services, small businesses reap the benefits of not having to deploy physical infrastructure like file and e-mail servers, storage systems or shrink-wrapped software.
Of course, “clouds bring rain” and cloud computing raises concerns with some, about security, stability, speed and data ownership. A recent survey found that cloud computing adoption rates drastically increased since 2009; however, the same survey also revealed concerns over efficiently managing disparate cloud services. Exactly the reason you require a “Cloud Integrator”, such as Ascendance.