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*TWILIGHT UPDATE* Windows Azure: Is Azure right for you?

Moving to the cloud has received a lot of hype in the last year or so, but it’s well and truly here. The transformation is taking place from on-premise to off-premise data centres and businesses need to consider the implications of the cloud and what it means for them.

Twilight on Cloud Ryan CrawCour


Ryan Crawcour, Intergen’s Solution Architect, provided insight into the cloud and Windows Azure last week and looked at the implications of migrating to an off-premise data system. As Ryan explains, “Cloud is like the electricity model. Do you run your electricity off a generator or a power grid? Generators can only supply you with a certain amount of electricity, whereas a power grid supplies you with exactly what you need, when you need it.”  

The benefits of cloud include:

  • It’s easy (you don’t need to know how it works)
  • It’s ubiquitous (it’s everywhere – no matter where you are you can access your data)
  • There’s a lower barrier to entry
  • Consumption-based billing
  • Capacity on tap

Ryan addressed the security issues that have arisen around the cloud and ways to keep personal information private, such as, depersonalising data when moving to the cloud. Some privacy issues can be resolved by looking at the way data is stored. However, as Ryan pointed out, it’s not right for all data; if it’s top secret you’re probably best to keep it in an on-premise data centre. Despite this, data is safer amongst thousands of data centres in the cloud as it is in the back cupboard in your office.

Ryan also went over why Microsoft is the best provider for the cloud, outlining that they have had 15+ years’ experience online with applications such as Hotmail, Windows Live and MSN. And Intergen has been using cloud for two to three years, building platforms around the cloud. Ryan also covered the steps to follow when considering moving to the cloud such as the total cost of ownership (TCO) and ROI.

Below are slides from Ryan’s Twilight.


If you haven’t attended one of Intergen’s Twilight Seminars before, we have one coming up in Wellington on the 15th of June and Auckland on the 16th of June on “Infrastructure Management made easy”. If you are a CFO/CIO or have responsibility for Infrastructure Management and deployment then this session should be of interest to you.

These are free and anyone is welcome to come along. It’s a great chance to listen and chat to industry experts about technology trends, developments and solutions.

Posted by: Rose Harris, Marketing Assistant | 07 June 2011

Tags: Cloud, Azure, Cloud Computing, Cloud Platform, Twilight recap

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