Cloud Solutions

According to Gartner Inc. it is estimated that the worldwide cloud computing market is $8 billion with the U.S. market accounting for approximately 40% of that: $3.2 billion.   

Gartner predicts that number one on the list of Top Strategic Technologies is Cloud Computing with SaaS market to hit $14 billion in 2013.

What is Cloud Computing?
Cloud computing is the use of computing resources (hardware and software) that are delivered as a service over a network (typically the internet). Cloud Computing gets its name as a metaphor for the internet. Typically the internet is represented as a cloud in network diagram.
We see cloud computing as a computing model, not a technology. In this model “customers” plug into the “cloud” to access IT resources which are priced and provided “on-demand”.
Essentially, IT resources are rented and shared among multiple tenants such as office space, apartments, or storage spaces are used by tenants. Delivered over an Internet connection, the “cloud” replaces the company data center or server providing the same service. Thus, Cloud Computing is simply IT services sold and delivered over the Internet.

Cloud Computing Service Models
The term services in cloud computing is the concept of being able to reuse, fine grained components across a vendor’s network. This is widely known as “as a service“.

Offerings with "as a service" as a suffix include traits like the following:

  • Low barriers to entry, making them available to small businesses.
  • Large scalability.
  • Multitenancy, which allows resources to be shared by many users.
  • Device independence, which allows users to access the systems on different hardware.

In short the functionalities offered by four models are listed below:

  • BPaaS: Payroll, Printing, Online Payment, Financing, and Accounting, etc.
  • IaaS: Cloud Management, Storage, Virtualization, Content Delivery Networks, Networking, and Computing, etc.
  • PaaS: Development & Testing, Integration, Database, Application Platform, and General, etc.
  • SaaS: Business Management, Vertical Apps, Tools, Cloud Security, and CRM, etc.

Service Models

  • BPaaS (Business Process as a Service)
    It mixes BPO with one or more aspects of cloud deployment: Software as a Service (SaaS), Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), or Platform as a Service (PaaS). In short, BPaaS is the convergence of BPO, SaaS, and Cloud Concepts. BPaaS involves the provisioning of highly standardized end-to-end business processes delivered via dynamic, pay-per-use, and self-service consumption models. SMBs accesses a shared set of resources (people, application, and infrastructure) from a single provider, like QLogy, to receive standardized business processes on a pay-as-you-go basis. BPaaS is emerging as a BPO game changer reminiscent of SaaS. Specifically, BPaaS is adding arrows to organizations to outsource quicker in how they approach finance, accounting and other back office applications.
    It uses Cloud based technologies as a lever to reduce BPO costs in two essential ways as follows
    • Minimizing Upfront Investments: SMB buyers are generally under-invested in technology. A Cloud-based ERP/BPO is a highly compelling solution, as the SMB does not have to invest in significant IT infrastructure. Of course, there is the Capital Expenditure to Operational Expenditure benefit, transforming a cash-intensive capital expenditure into a more convenient operating expense.
    • Reducing Transition Time: BPaaS offers a flexible delivery structure, which creates a high degree of scalability to accommodate rapid growth. It reduces time-to-market, as the transition time spent acquiring and deploying assets and processes is slashed to mere months and weeks.Any business process (for example, payroll, printing, e-commerce) delivered as a service over the Internet and accessible by one or more web enabled interfaces (PC, smart devices, and phones) can be considered as a Business Process as a Service (BPaaS). Advertising services such as Google Adsense and IBM Blueworks Live for business process management are some of the several publicly available services.
    Here’s a list of companies in this field and the business processes they deliver:
    eBay’s Electronic auction Services, PayPal’s Internet Payment Capability as a service, Skype’s VoIP telephone calls as a service, Google’s Internet Search Capability as a service, etc.
  • SaaS (Software as a Service)
    It is the most widely known and widely used form of cloud computing. It provides all the functions of a sophisticated traditional application to many customers and often thousands of users, but through a Web browser, not a “locally-installed” application. Little or no code is running on the user’s local computer and the applications are usually tailored to fulfill specific functions. SaaS eliminates customer worries about application servers, storage, application development, and related common concerns of IT.
    Highest-profile examples are Salesforce’s CRM, Google's Gmail and Apps, instant messaging from AOL, Yahoo, and Google while VoIP from Vonage and Skype.

  • PaaS (Platform as a Service)
    Delivers virtualized servers on which customers can run existing applications or develop new ones without having to worry about maintaining the operating system, server hardware, load balancing, or computing capacity. These vendors provide APIs or development platforms to create and run applications in the cloud.
    Example, using the internet, managed Service providers with application services provided to IT departments to monitor systems and downstream applications such as virus scanning for e-mail are frequently included in this category.
    Well known providers would include Microsoft's Azure, Google’s App engine, Salesforce's Force.com, Google Maps, ADP Payroll processing, and US Postal Service offerings.
  • IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service)
    Delivers utility computing capability typically as raw virtual servers, on demand, that customers configure and manage. Here cloud computing provides grids, clusters, or virtualized servers, networks, storage, and systems software, usually (but not always) in a multitenant architecture. IaaS is designed to augment or replace the functions of an entire data center. This saves cost (time and expense) of capital equipment deployment but does not reduce cost of configuration, integration, or management.
    Vendors would include Amazon.com (Elastic Compute Cloud [EC2] and Simple Storage), IBM and other traditional IT vendors.

Why Cloud Computing?

Cloud computing is among the leading disruptive trends and strategic technologies of this decade that offers a new IT delivery model. Several recent new developments have made security, risk  management, and governance in the cloud more manageable, and hence opened up new options for  enterprises that want to leverage the cloud. Enterprises stand to derive a host of benefits from a smart and consistent cloud strategy.

QLogy can help you along your transformation journey to cloud enabled IT for addressing the challenges faced by you today, as,

  • Reducing Capital Expenditure.
  • Adjusting to fluctuations in demand for computing resources based on dynamic business conditions.
  • Rapidly setting up technology stacks for IT projects to be delivered in critical timelines.
  • Maximizing utilization of computing resources, reducing their management complexity, and flexibly reusing computing resources across widely ranging needs of multiple projects.
  • Catering to high-end expensive IT infrastructure needs for which investment in capital expenditure is not a practical approach for you. 

Cloud provides several features that help to overcome these challenges:

  • It offers a variety of pre-installed, dynamically scalable computing & storage infrastructure, platform, and application software as a service.
  • It is accessed on-demand from distributed locations using open standards based automated, self-service interfaces.
  • It is charged on subscription or usage basis at low rates that benefit from economies of scale.
  • It is hosted on an optimized, fault-tolerant, highly scalable, and secure infrastructure.
  • Its management is automated and its complexity is hidden from users.

How QLogy can help you?

We deliver end-to-end cloud services from consulting, architecture, design, implementation to management and monitoring to help you throughout the lifecycle of your cloud adoption initiative.
We can extend your IT to a cloud in public domain to satisfy your needs of Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), Application Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), or help to transform your data center into a private cloud for internal use, or implement and manage a hybrid cloud for you.

QLogy Advantages
Leveraging our deep expertise, proven methods, frameworks, and multi-vendor solutions, we accelerate, and lower the risk of, transitioning your IT to the best suited cloud to derive the benefits:

  • Expert Team for Superior Solution: We have a team of trained-certified, experienced cloud computing experts who continuously explore evolving cloud technology, develop deep skills through hands-on work in cloud environment and by networking with allied major cloud ecosystem vendors. Our internal training programs, industry trends, and know-hows enable rapid generation of cloud computing skills.
  • Proven Methods for Accelerated Delivery and Lowered Risk: We perform structured delivery of services that capture our expertise and best practices combined with our global delivery model to reduce your risks and time in transitioning to cloud.
  • Multi-vendor Approach for Best-of-Breed Technology-based Solution: We take a multi-vendor approach to recommend a solution based on best-of-breed technologies most suited to your problem and environment.

Solutions We Offer:

  • We provide an array of services to support all your cloud computing initiatives. We provide the expertise to design, build, deploy, migrate, and maintain cloud environments, enabling you to make a smooth transition to the cloud and get your solutions to market faster.