Cloud Computing (in Plain English)



application service provider software is a service grid computing utility computing platform is a service all these terms and more at one time or another have been referred to as cloud computing what is cloud computing what isn't cloud computing welcome to cloud computing in plain English where we try to make cloud a little less hmm cloudy so what is cloud computing really and what can I do for you cloud computing is the convergence of three major trends virtualization where applications are separated from infrastructure utility computing where server capacity is accessed across a grid as a variably priced shared service software is a service where applications are available on demand on a subscription basis but hold on we're getting ahead of ourselves to understand cloud we need to go way back to the beginning of time in the beginning Al Gore gave us the internet then broadband got very cheap and some smart folks realized that not everyone had to build in-house data centers in fact they realized that the computer running the application could be pretty far away from the person using it and only a fast connection was needed between them this led to software as a service essentially big fast machines and someone else's data center running an application that we access using our familiar web browser someone else owns the application and we pay a fixed subscription fee hallelujah right well yes and no on the plus side we don't have to worry about the machines running the application because they don't belong to us they're the other guys problem and we don't have to devote time and resources to developing and maintaining an application that we're not expert in both good things but at the same time the one-size-fits-all approach didn't work for large enterprises with complex requirements some companies didn't like the idea of data outside of their firewall and a subscription model didn't align cost to usage what enterprises wanted was the convenience and simplicity of sass with the flexibility of traditional computing a hybrid that allowed any software to be easily run as a service in a data center that someone else owns and manages but applications were so darn difficult to deploy in a new environment and then Kame virtualization and it was good with virtualization applications and infrastructure are independent allowing servers to be easily shared by many applications and applications to run virtually anywhere that is as long as the application is virtualized virtualizing the application involves packaging the application bits with everything it needs to run including databases middleware and operating system this self-contained unit a virtualized application can run pretty much anywhere if it can run anywhere it doesn't have to run in your data center or in the application providers data center it can run in the cloud the cloud is a computing service that charges you based only on the amount of computing resources you use this pay-as-you-go feature is the hallmark of today's cloud computing and one of the things that sets it apart from software-as-a-service so why adopt cloud computing basically you can't afford not to think of it this way traditional license software was like buying a premium sedan for a fixed price you got all the bells and whistles and support the extended warranty whether you used it or not oh and you paid cash up front with software as a service it's like leasing a car you get a nice vehicle but you can't make any significant changes to it because it doesn't really belong to you you pay the same amount monthly and you're guaranteed a certain level of service on the car with cloud it's like having a metered cab at your disposal whenever you want it you only pay by the distance you travel you don't pay for maintenance tolls or any costs associated with the cab you pay based on where you want to go that day and it's so economical that you can vary the length of your trips and not have to worry about the cost you can even trick out the cab the way you want it because you don't share it with anyone else ok maybe that just stretched the metaphor a little too far before you hit the road you might want to take a look under the hood to see what makes your ride go the engine that powers cloud computing is virtualization you can't move without your engine and you can't deploy apps to the cloud without virtualization so the first stop in any cloud initiative is to adapt applications to run as virtualized images in a turbulent economy cloud computing is even more attractive why pay for more computing capacity than you need when you can pay only for what you use go for the high fuel efficiency of cloud computing and you'll never own your own car again so that's it cloud computing and plain English we've covered a lot of miles in just a few minutes we hope it helped make cloud a little less cloudy and helped you understand what all the cloud hype is about

41 Comments

  1. Palminder Sanghera said:

    urgh

    June 28, 2019
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  2. Bruce Hudson said:

    "Al Gore gave us the Internet"???? Please.

    Also using more jargon to describe jargon doesn't make this video very good for beginners. (For example "virtualized image" within a auto metaphor). Sorry to be harsh, this video doesn't live up to my expectation of describing Cloud Computing in plain English.

    June 28, 2019
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  3. Mihir Dwivedi said:

    very good video!!! thanks

    June 28, 2019
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  4. Rohit Boddun said:

    Kudos!!! Nice video. Leasing a car is always more expensive than owning the car (Cost to own). We could call Cloud computing as leasing the car at the cost much lesser than the cost to own it. Do I make sense?

    June 28, 2019
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  5. Maneesh Kumar Muralidhar said:

    Yup pretty simple and Plain

    June 28, 2019
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  6. Chakra Pani said:

    hello thanks for providing info ,but just prepare a document with this video,so it can more useful and more clearly understandable by many students.Β 

    June 28, 2019
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  7. Ekanem Cynthia said:

    Hello peeps, i was given a project to ryt on Cloud computing… Pls can sum one help me out

    June 28, 2019
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  8. Greg Stuart said:

    This video is really great for the user that wants to understand what some of the terms of cloud computing are and what it is in a nutshell. It's not so much targeted to the lay person, but it is a good introduction to cloud computing and it's really funny too!

    June 28, 2019
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  9. Steven Dailly said:

    Cloud Computing in plain English, delivered as advertised in plain English.

    June 28, 2019
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  10. Corrie Bergeron said:

    It's paper-cutout animation in the style pioneered by the LeFevers of CommonCraft (who should get credit)

    June 28, 2019
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  11. Brian Marvin said:

    This is definitely not in plain English.

    June 28, 2019
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  12. Korhan Eser said:

    It couldn't explained way more complex. Here is what's cloud computing. User puts info/data/etc in big companies server and the company processes the data for the user, and user gets billed (or not) by the company. OFC the company own/check/change the data without informing the user. Sounds familiar? Well it is because cloud computing is just a ribbon on the same things that we already use to make it look something new and else.

    easiest example; webmails.

    June 28, 2019
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  13. Rahul Prasad said:

    Nice video.. slightly off topic question.. What is this type of animation called? Any pointers on tutorials related to that would be highly appreciated!

    June 28, 2019
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  14. geldingpaint said:

    I'm even more confused than i was before watching the video!!!!!

    June 28, 2019
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  15. Lucas Bracken said:

    overall good… a little too fast though

    June 28, 2019
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  16. Mike Jinkins said:

    juhjuhuj

    June 28, 2019
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  17. Mike Jinkins said:

    good

    June 28, 2019
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  18. Mike Jinkins said:

    test

    June 28, 2019
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  19. Bhupinder Dhaliwal said:

    Agore was instrmental as a lead senetor to initiate legislation that made it possible for the army or navy or airforce or who ever it was to bring forth internet. But you know the morons on the other side will run with a story to distort the truth and make fun of Al in takig his comments out of context.

    June 28, 2019
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  20. The Kirk said:

    When did the term "infrastructure" become a member of the "plain-english" club?

    June 28, 2019
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  21. Bruce Baird said:

    Al GORE DID NOT INVENT THE INTERNET, THE ARMY DID…WHAT A DUMP-ASS.

    June 28, 2019
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  22. Jason Sweet said:

    Nothing special about a "Cloud" server, its just a pitch for selling webhosting.
    Cloud server is typically a server that has a webserver dishing out websites in memory

    June 28, 2019
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  23. Jason Sweet said:

    yeah! It probably becomes the property of the server company and they dish out royalties to the authors. OR they sell your apps and you don't get paid, while you have to pay them for the apps usage.

    June 28, 2019
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  24. Jason Sweet said:

    Internet Was around back in World War 2, Al Gore just gave it to the public.

    June 28, 2019
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  25. Jason Sweet said:

    So if we have something like a VB.Net application that runs in windows, we tailor it with GUID's or something and the Cloud server allows that program to run or what?

    June 28, 2019
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  26. Chow Ming said:

    thank

    June 28, 2019
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  27. Nikhil Sarna said:

    awesome

    June 28, 2019
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  28. Nikhil Sarna said:

    what?

    June 28, 2019
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  29. notfree25 said:

    Somehow you turned plain computing into something complex. Or maybe you are too buzy selling instead of explaining

    June 28, 2019
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  30. Barry Sexton said:

    "Al Gore gave us the internet"? Just dont take credit for the web or Tim Berners-Lee will come after you!

    June 28, 2019
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  31. Jimi Craktcorn said:

    though i've owned a ton of expensive programs , i think most of the time the free programs work better . aside from pro audio , video , video games , ect. . Is someone trying to make a monopoly , and wouldnt privacy be an issue ?

    June 28, 2019
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  32. Allen Natian said:

    @mabbie312 sorta

    June 28, 2019
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  33. GenghisKhan22 said:

    @tr233 its too expensive, it will never catch on.

    June 28, 2019
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  34. tr233 said:

    In my humble opinion cloud computing destroy's it employment in western world.

    June 28, 2019
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  35. Andrzej Lipski said:

    Aren't taxis expensive?

    June 28, 2019
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  36. mabbie312 said:

    @Films4You ….man bear pig?????

    ;]

    June 28, 2019
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  37. gatehobbs said:

    Most explanations of Cloud Computing have distracting background audio. Some may call it music but I call it noise. They probably think it makes an otherwise boring explanation interesting. I disagree.

    June 28, 2019
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  38. MATANUI720 said:

    so some other guy can know that i watch porn?, fuck this

    June 28, 2019
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  39. luigi nohay said:

    Masons, get your hands off our information!

    June 28, 2019
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  40. Drake Bandura said:

    Who exactly owns the "Cloud?"

    June 28, 2019
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  41. xma456 said:

    @CarbonSnowMan I'd rather download it for free.

    June 28, 2019
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