Private Cloud Computing Infrastructure
i-Cloud SaaS (Software As A Service) - offering for Intranet/Internet solutions featuring Messaging,
Web 2.0 Apps, Web-conferencing and Voice Services using the Internet as a WAN.
Private clouds offer immediacy and elasticity in your own IT infrastructure.
A cloud computing environment is primarily an architectural framework for automatically managing compute resources in a way that ensures the scalability
and reliability of applications. i-Cloud is ideally suited for deployment of your core apps without any concern for distance or timezones.
To use i-Cloud computing you need to deploy an application into it. These applications are generally packaged into “images” in a virtual machine format:
It is the virtual image that is deployed into the cloud computing environment, and it is the virtual image that is managed .
Each image runs one (or more, though usually one) application. End users interface with the applications and cloud computing users interface with all the nuts and bolts.
Solutions and Applications provided via i-Cloud:
Unified Messaging - email, calendaring, IM, document briefcase and more ....
Web 2.0 Applications - content management, e-learning tools, legacy server apps
Web-Conferencing - screen sharing, whiteboard, web co-browsing, distance learning
VOIP Services - voice mail, audio conferencing, voip-gateway access
So one use, the primary use, is to deploy applications and ensure scalability. But you can also use the i-Cloud environment to deploy images of infrastructure solutions
such as virtual appliances that provide security or load balancing or logging or a plethora of enterprise-focused functionality. You could use i-Cloud or any other cloud
computing environment for testing, development, design of new architectures; use it to evaluate new application products and implement proofs of concepts in an environment
that closely simulates your production environment.
Cloud computing is ultimately just a new way to deploy and manage applications and their supporting infrastructure that is more efficient than traditional methods
without sacrificing performance or reliability. You use “the cloud” by deploying applications into it, and letting it do the rest.
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