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CLOUD COMPUTING OVERVIEW, DIRECTION AND PLAN OF ACTION BY C S R PRABHU. Cloud Computing - Some terms. Term cloud is used as a metaphor for Internet Concept generally incorporates combinations of the following :- Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) ‏ Platform as a service (PaaS) ‏

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Cloud Computing - Some terms

  • Term cloud is used as a metaphor for Internet

  • Concept generally incorporates combinations of the following :-

    • Infrastructure as a service (IaaS)‏

    • Platform as a service (PaaS)‏

    • Software as a service(SaaS)‏

  • Not to be confused with

    • Grid Computing – a form of distributed computing

      • Collection of loosely coupled, networked computers acting in concert to perform very large tasks

    • Utility Computing – packaging of computing resources such as computing power, storage, also as metered services

    • Autonomic computing – self managed

Grid Computing

  • Share Computers and data

  • Evolved to harness inexpensive computers in Data Centre to solve variety of problems

  • Harness power of loosely coupled computers to solve a technical or mathematical problem

  • Used in commercial applications for drug discovery, economic forecasting, sesimic analysis and back-office

  • Small to big

    • Can be confined to a corporation

    • Large public collaboration across many companies and networks

  • eGovernance Grid

    • NICNET & SWANs to be integrated

    • Grid SOA to be implemented to create Web Service Repositories (presented previously)‏

Grid Computing

  • Most grid solutions are built on

    • Computer Agents

    • Resource Manager

    • Scheduler

  • Compute grids

    • Batch up jobs

    • Submit the job to the scheduler, specifiying requirements and SLA(specs) required for running the job

    • Scheduler matches specs with available resources and schedules the job to be run

    • Farms could be as large as 10K cpus

  • Most financial firms have grids like this

  • Grids lack automation, agility, simplicity and SLA guarantees

Utility Computing

  • More related to cloud computing

    - Applications, storage, computing power and network

  • Requires cloud like infrastructure

  • Pay by the drink model

    - Similar to electric service at home

  • Pay for extra resources when needed

    - To handle expected surge in demand

    - Unanticipated surges in demand

  • Better economics

Cloud computing – History

  • Evolved over a period of time

  • Roots traced back to Application Service Providers in the 1990’s

  • Parallels to SaaS

  • Evolved from Utility computing and is a broader concept

Cloud computing

  • Much more broader concept

  • Encompasses


  • Dynamic provision of services/resource pools in a co-ordinated fashion

    • On demand computing – No waiting period

    • Location of resource is irrelevant

      • May be relevant from performance(network latency) perspective, data locality

Cloud computing

  • Applications run somewhere on the cloud

    • Web applications fulfill these for end user

    • However, for application developers and IT

      • Allows develop, deploy and run applications that can easily grow capacity(scalability), work fast (performance), and offer good reliability

      • Without concern for the nature and location of underlying infrastructure

    • Activate, retire resources

    • Dynamically update infrastructure elements without affecting the business

Clouds Versus Grids

  • Clouds and Grids are distinct

  • Cloud

    • Full private cluster is provisioned

    • Individual user can only get a tiny fraction of the total resource pool

    • No support for cloud federation except through the client interface

    • Opaque with respect to resources

  • Grid

    • Built so that individual users can get most, if not all of the resources in a single request

    • Middleware approach takes federation as a first principle

    • Resources are exposed, often as bare metal

  • These differences mandate different architectures for each

Cloud Mythologies

  • Cloud computing infrastructure is just a web service interface to operating system virtualization.

    • “I’m running Xen in my data Centre – I’m running a private cloud.”

  • Cloud computing imposes a significant performance penalty over “bare metal” provisioning.

    • “I won’t be able to run a private cloud because my users will not tolerate the performance hit.”

  • Clouds and Grids are equivalent

    • “In the mid 1990s, the term grid was coined to describe technologies that would allow consumers to obtain computing power on demand.”

Cloud Anatomy

  • Application Services(services on demand)‏

    • Gmail, GoogleCalender

    • Payroll, HR, CRM etc

    • Sugarm CRM, IBM Lotus Live

  • Platform Services (resources on demand)‏

    • Middleware, Intergation, Messaging, Information, connectivity etc

    • AWS, IBM Virtual images, CastIron, Google Appengine

  • Infrastructure as services(physical assets as services)‏

    • IBM Blue house, VMWare, Amazon EC2, Microsoft Azure Platform, Sun Parascale and more

Cloud Computing - layers



What is a Cloud?





Cloud Middle Ware








Security, Billing,









Why cloud computing

  • Data Centres are notoriously underutilized, often idle 85% of the time

    • Over provisioning

    • Insufficient capacity planning and sizing

    • Improper understanding of scalability requirements etc

  • Thought leaders from Gartner, Forrester, and IDC—agree that this new model offers significant advantages for fast-paced startups, SMBs and enterprises alike.

  • Cost effective solutions to key business demands

  • Move workloads to improve efficiency

How do they work?

  • Public Clouds are opaque

    • What applications will work well in a cloud?

  • Many of the advantages offered by Public Clouds appear useful for “on premise” IT

    • Self-service provisioning

    • Legacy support

    • Flexible resource allocation

  • What extensions or modifications are required to support a wider variety of services and applications?

    • Data assimilation

    • Multiplayer gaming

    • Mobile devices

Cloud computing - Characteristics

  • Agility – On demand computing infrastructure

    • Linearly scalable – challenge

  • Reliability and fault tolerance

    • Self healing – Hot backups, etc

    • SLA driven – Policies on how quickly requests are processed

  • Multi-tenancy – Several customers share infrastructure, without compromising privacy and security of each of the customer’s data

  • Service-oriented – compose applications out of loosely coupled services. One service failure will not disrupt other services. Expose these services as API’s

  • Virtualized – decoupled from underlying hardware. Multiple applications can run in one computer

  • Data, Data, Data

    • Distributing, partitioning, security, and synchronization

Public clouds

  • Open for use by general public

    • Exist beyond firewall, fully hosted and managed by the vendor

    • Individuals, corporations and others

    • Amazon's Web Services and Google appEngine are examples

  • Offers startups and SMB’s quick setup, scalability, flexibility and automated management. Pay as you go model helps startups to start small and go big

  • Security and compliance?

  • Reliability concerns hinder the adoption of cloud

    • Amazon S3 services were down for 6 hours

Public Clouds (Now)

  • Large scale infrastructure available on a rental basis

    • Operating System virtualization(e.g. Xen, kvm) provides CPU isolation

    • “Roll-your-own” network provisioning provides network isolation

  • Overlay Networks

    • Multiple Virtual Networks (Overlaid on one Physical Network)‏

    • Locally specific storage abstractions

  • Fully customer self-service

    • Service Level Agreements (SLAs) are advertized

    • Requests are accepted and resources granted via web services

    • Customers access resources remotely via the Internet

  • Accountability is e-commerce based

    • Web-based transaction

    • “Pay-as-you-go” and flat-rate subscription

    • Customer service, refunds, etc.

Private Clouds

  • Within the boundaries(firewall) of the organization

  • All advantages of public cloud with one major difference

    • Reduce operation costs

    • Has to be managed by the enterprise

  • Fine grained control over resources

  • More secure as they are internal to org

  • Schedule and reshuffle resources based on business demands

  • Ideal for apps related to tight security and regulatory concerns

  • Development requires hardware investments and in-house expertise

  • Cost could be high - cost might exceed public clouds

  • NIC can have a private cloud over NICNET

Clouds and SOA

  • SOA Enabled cloud computing to what is today

  • Physical infrastructure like SOA must be discoverable, manageable and governable

  • REST Protocol also used (Representational State Transfer)‏

Clouds for Developers

  • Ability to acquire, deploy, configure and host environments

  • Perform development unit testing, prototyping and full product testing

Open Source Cloud Infrastructure

  • Simple

    • Transparent => need to “see” into the cloud

    • Scalable => complexity often limits scalability

    • Secure => limits adoptability

  • Extensible

    • New application classes and service classes may require new features

    • Clouds are new => need to extend while retaining useful features

  • Commodity-based

    • Must leverage extensive catalog of open source software offerings

    • New, unstable, and unsupported infrastructure design is a barrier to uptake, experimentation, and adoption

  • Easy

    • To install => system administration time is expensive

    • To maintain => system administration time is really expensive

Microsoft and Amazon face challenges

  • Globus/Nimbus

    • Client-side cloud-computing interface to Globus-enabled TeraPort cluster at U of C

    • Based on GT4 and the Globus Virtual Workspace Service

    • Shares upsides and downsides of Globus-based grid technologies

  • Enomalism (now called ECP)‏

    • Start-up company distributing open source

    • REST APIs

  • Reservoir

    • European open cloud project

    • Many layers of cloud services and tools

    • Ambitious and wide-reaching but not yet accessible as an implementation

Microsoft and Amazon face challenges

  • Eucalyptus

    • Cloud Computing on Clusters

    • Amazon Web Services compatible

    • Supports kvm and Xen

  • OpenNebula

  • Joyent

    • Based on Java Script and Git

Open Source Cloud Ecosystem - Tools

  • RightScale

    • Startup focused on providing client tools as SaaS hosted in AWS

    • Uses the REST interface

  • Canonical

    • Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala)‏

    • Includes KVM and Xen Hypervisors

Open Source Cloud Anatomy

Extensibility :

  • Simple architecture and open internal APIs

  • Client-side interface

    • Amazon’s AWS interface and functionality (familiar and testable)‏

  • Networking

    • Virtual private network per cloud

    • Must function as an overlay => cannot supplant local networking

  • Security

    • Must be compatible with local security policies

  • Packaging, installation, maintenance

    • system administration staff is an important constituency for uptake

  • Open Source Cloud Anatomy

    • Private clouds are really hybrid clouds

      • Users want private clouds to export the same APIs as the public clouds

    • In the Enterprise, the storage model is key

      • Scalable “blob” storage doesn’t quite fit the notion of “data file.”

    • Cloud Federation is a policy mediation problem

      • No good way to translate SLAs in a cloud allocation chain

      • “Cloud Bursting” will only work if SLAs are congruent

    • Customer SLAs allow applications to consider cost as first-class principle

      • Buy the computational, network, and storage capabilities that are required

    Eucalyptus (Elastic Utility Computing Architecture Linking Your Programs To Useful Systems)‏

    Clouds and Virtualization

    • Operating System virtualization (Xen, KVM, VMWare, HyperV) is only apparent for IaaS

      • AppEngine = BigTable

    • Hypervisors virtualize CPU, Memory, and local device access as a single virtual machine (VM)‏

    • IaaS Cloud allocation is

      • Set of VMs

      • Set of storage resources

      • Private network

    • Allocation is atomic

    • SLA

    • Monitoring

    Cloud Performance

    • Extensive performance study using HPC applications and benchmarks

    • Two questions:

      • Performance impact of virtualization

      • Performance impact of cloud infrastructure

    • Observations:

      • Random access disk is slower with Xen

      • CPU bound can be faster with Xen -> depends on configuration

      • Kernel version is far more important

      • No statistically detectable overhead

      • AWS small appears to throttle network bandwidth and (maybe) disk bandwidth -> $0.10 / CPU hour

    Cloud computing open issues

    • Governance

      • Security, Privacy and control

      • SLA guarantees

      • Ownership and control

      • Compliance and auditing

        • Sarbanes and Oxley Act

    • Reliability

      • Good servive provider with 99.999% availability

    • Cloud independence – Vendor lockin?

      • Cloud provider goes out of business

    Cloud computing open issues

    • Data Security

    • Cloud lockin and Loss of control

      • Plan for moving data along with Cloud provider

    • Cost?

    • Simplicity?

    • Tools

    • Controls on sensitive data?

      • Out of business

    • Big and small

      • Scalability and cost outweigh reliability for small businesses

      • Big businesses may have a problem

    Cloud articles







    Battle in the cloud

    • Amazon Web Services

    • Google App Engine

      • Free upto 500 MB,

        • Free for small scale applications?

        • Universities?

      • Pay when you scale

    • GoGrid

    • .. Some more Hosting companies

    • Where is HP, IBM, Oracle(+sun) and Dell?

    Cloud in NIC

    • Single Data Centre Cloud

      Eucalyptus :

      Proven Technology

      Company Support Available

    • Multi Data Centre Cloud over NICNET

      Grid Enabled Cloud

      Nimbus :

      On GT4 and Xen

    Use Cases of Cloud for NIC & eGovernance

    • NIC internal usage :

      NIC private cloud on Data Centres :

      NIC staff at District Centres, NIC staff at NIC Block Centres can utilise cloud services as virtual resources (where setting up real IT infrastructure may not be prossible or may be too expensive)‏

    Central Government Departments &

    Public Sector Undertakings

    • NIC cloud services can be offered to Central Government Departments & Public Sector Undertakings for their own utilisation on chargeable basis

    State Government Departments

    • Secretariat :

      Virtual resources & cloud services can be provided to Secretariat Applications from the Data Centre (eg. New Secretariat campus in Chennai for Tamilnadu Government)‏

    • State Data Centres :

      Cloud services can be built on State Data Centres to provide virtual resources & services for various State Government Departments and also State Public Sector Undertakings

    State Government Departments

    • District Collectorates & District Level Departments of State Government :

      Virtual resources/Cloud services can be provided from State Data Centre

    • Taluka & Block Level Government offices :

      Virtual resources/Cloud services can be provided from State Data Centre

    • Site Preparation & IT Infrastructure :

      Costs can be substantially reduced at District, Taluka & Block Levels

    Why Cloud Computing on NIC’s Data Centres ?

    Multiplication effect of servers and platforms on NIC Data

    Centres as :

    1. Infrastructure as a Service

    • Beneficial for NIC State Centres, NIC District Centres and also proposed Block Centres

    • Results in significant savings on IT and non IT infrastructure

      2. Platform as a Service

    • Beneficial for NIC State Centres and NIC District Centres and also proposed Block Centres

    • Results in Significant Capabilities at no cost

      3. Software as a Service

    • Already available

    Plan of Action

    • Testing of Eucalyptus & Nimbus

    • Prototype deployment & operationalisation on a single Data Centre

    • Phase wise expansion of cloud services in all Data Centres using Eucalyptus & Nimbus

    • Adequate infrastructure & manpower to be provided

    • Tie up with Eucalyptus services company for support