Selected Cloud-Based Infrastructure Service Product Mini-Report
The goal of this assignment is to help reinforce your knowledge of cloud-based infrastructure technologies by conducting your own research into a selected commercially-available cloud-based infrastructure service.
You are working for the IS group for a large manufacturing enterprise that has been in business since 1962. The firm has a relatively mature IT group that has used traditional “in-house” means of building and managing hardware and software infrastructure. A new CIO has been hired to modernize the IT organization and their first order of business is to explore a reduction in the overall dependency on internally owned and managed infrastructure resources. You are the CTO (Chief Technology Officer) for this IT organization and have been charged with exploring cloud-based infrastructure services. The CIO has asked that you provide a short report on possible areas to explore along with specific providers of that service. This is a starting point exercise, so you are only to report on one specific category of infrastructure service and a single vendor (provider) of that service.
Your three categories of infrastructure to research are:
IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service)
PaaS (Platform as a Service)
SaaS (Software as a Service)
The CIO asked that you start by researching the vendors in each of those three areas using any various product review websites as a starting point. Below is a starting point of review sites, but you are welcome to find other starting point sources if these do not provide you with enough options.
10 top cloud computing providers for 2014
http://talkincloud.com/tc100 (requires an email address to access content)
Report on your work:
You are to submit a short report on the selected platform and service provider and include the following information in your report:
Category of Service Research (IaaS, PaaS, SaaS)
Specific Vendor Name and URL to primary website with information on the service they provide
Short description of that service category and how your IT organization might use it to replace internal infrastructure resources. Be sure and include some key features of their service. (It is OK to copy some of this information from their website, but it must be complete and coherent.)
Why you selected this one to research and recommend.
Any partnerships they have with other cloud-service providers.
What is the ownership of this company? (Publicly-traded company, Private equity / Venture Capital, Sole prorpieter, etc.)
How long they have been in the cloud-service business (if available).
Links to two external sources of information on this company and its cloud service. These may be online reviews, trade-press reports, academic papers, etc. The main requirement is that the sources of information must not be on the vendor’s own website.
Your report can be submitted either as a word processing document (MS Word) or via shared link to an online version of your report (Googledocs, Office360, dropbox, etc.) that is posted to this course dropbox folder: IP#2 (Independent Project) – Cloud-Based Infrastructure