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Cloud Computing and Pizza couldn’t be more different, or Could They?

LPooley on ‎10-23-2013 09:42 AM

If you find yourself asking the questions “What is cloud computing”, or “What options do I have for Cloud”, or “Why is cloud computing so confusing”, you’re not alone. One way to answer some of these questions is to compare it to something we all know, and that is exactly what HP’s new Cloud YouTube video does. In Cloud Pizza, HP Norway's Technology Director, Stig Alstedt explains the various delivery models of Cloud Computing by drawing an analogy to something everybody seems to know and love: Pizza.


                                                                                                     Homemade Pizza

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This is the build your own Cloud option using a Traditional IT infrastructure. It is the most involved and requires the most degree of expertise, but you’re able to get exactly what you need, how you want it, when you want it. The difficulty is having the knowledge and resources to bring it all together.


                                                                                                                Frozen Pizza

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This option is equal to Private Cloud Services. In this option all of the work has been done for you by the manufacturer and relatively few skills are needed on your part. All you need is a little “heat” and you are ready to go. The downside here is that you are limited by the options and “flavors” available as manufacturers only make what they think the customers need at price points they would like.



                                                                                                                 Delivery Pizza

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This is the Managed Cloud Option in which you can choose and order what you want and it can be delivered right to you. The downside is being limited to the “menu” options for the supplier that you have chosen. They may not have the exact best fit for you, but all of the work is done for you and as a result no skills or expertise are needed.



                                                                                                                Restaurant Pizza

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Restaurant Pizza is similar to using the Public Cloud. Public Cloud is generally the most cost friendly and requires the least expertise on the part of the customer. This option is great if you want to virtualize but do not want to manage a lot of equipment. The downside with this option is that everyone using the Public cloud has to pick from the same limited “menu” so there is not much room for individual adoption. You also share the resources and “atmosphere” that the Cloud provider you choose offers which may cause some slowdowns at times of high traffic.



                                                                                                             The Whole Shebang

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This is the option available for those who don’t find the best fit with just one of the previous options. With Hybrid Cloud you can mix and match options to get the best Cloud Delivery for you.



To learn more about your cloud options you can watch the whole video here.

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