Cheer up, you’re in VDR! Cloud computing seen by FORDATA

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There have been many myths accumulated around cloud computing. On the web, in the newspapers, on the television or at specialized conferences we can find an overwhelming number of cloud computing definitions but none of them specifies what cloud computing really is. No wonder that FORDATA company – Virtual Data Room (VDR) provider – decided to consult the scientific community to answer the question whether its SaaS (Software as a Service) application can be defined as cloud model?

On 16th of April, at the University of Economics in Poznan there was held a seminar entitled „Cloud computing”. Apart from FORDATA’s representatives, the meeting was attended by .NET UEP  Student Research Group and employees of the Department of Information Technology: Jan Świerzowicz and Zbigniew Paszkiewicz who’s the  mentor of .NET UEP  Group.

We divided the cloud into puffs, from which we selected the technical and business aspects.

Dominik Wojciekiewicz, UE student in Poznan, convinces that the most important thing are servers – preferably not ours but collocated in a specially designated data centers. Additionally, resources of those centres are infinitely scalable. He also refers to grid computing which is somehow an ancestor of today’s clouds.

Marta Samól, UE student in Poznan, ranks higher the business aspect which is no doubt an important and inseparable part of a cloud. For the client, besides cost saving, one of the most important aspect of a cloud is ‘peace of mind’. And so: Mr. John Smith comes to the office at 8 am and turns on his PC. He doesn’t care that server broke the day before. He is not worried that his computer hasn’t been replaced for several years. At 8.10 he launches corporate e-mail, the most up-to-date financial management system, CRM and he starts working. Thanks to cloud model solution, server failure has been taken care of by professionals who collocate the server in Poland or abroad. Applications used by John are installed on  fast, external computers so there’s no need to change John’s PC. And what is most important – he will be charged for using the software for just the exact time i.e. from 8.10 am to 4 pm when he shuts the PC  down.

Jan Świerowicz, whose  PHD relates to  cloud computing solutions, finds that the most successful definition of a cloud is the one prepared by National Institute of Standards and Technology: “Cloud computing is a new model of delivery and use of resources such as computing resources (severs), data storage, network bandwidth and even applications. The model is characterized by: self-service-on-demand, high flexibility, tariffs of services (pay-as-you-use), implementation of the resource supply and wide access to the network.” He also speaks about the safety within the cloud, which is the authentication and authorization via encryption, compatibility with ISO standard, ending with the location of stored data.

Breaking through the misty cloud model and fiercely discussing different approaches to this interesting subject, we unanimously agreed that FORDATA Virtual Data Room is a solution that perfectly fits into cloud model. Why? Because:
1. It uses architecture of SaaS
2. Users do not need to have technical knowledge to use the application
3. The Client is not involved in the maintenance of infrastructure – everything is taken care of by FORDATA
4. The system is available via the Internet – access to the Internet is basically the only condition to the availability of the service
5. High flexibility of the solution
6. Highest security standards ensured

So cheer up – you are in Virtual Data Room!

Author: Szczepan Polberg, Application development and monitoring specialist,
Using the material written by: Jakub Opałka | .NET UEP Student Research Group

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