Cellopoint Cloud Series 3: Embrace SaaS & Virtualization to Promote Organizational Competitiveness

-2010/5/4-
In an increasingly complex world, the key point of organizational competitiveness maintenance is the focus on its core abilities. It is a great test for the IT management as for how to accelerate information cascades & daily business processing speeds. Traditional self-constructed software is unable to fast respond to the volatile organizational needs because of needs for more maintenance & management costs. The emergence of Cloud Computing right at this time brings about the new workflow thinking. It uses the Internet technologies, providing external customers with massive & scalable IT characteristics as services & reducing individual investment due to economy of scale. Its nature is to take physical assets on lease according to the organizational computing requirements. Owing to no needs of installations & executions on the organizational computers, Cloud Computing alleviates the burdens of software/hardware maintenance, management, & support on customers.

Cloud Computing applications are mainly classified into the Virtualization & SaaS:

Virtualization: It optimizes the existing resources employment, simplifies the infrastructure of software management, maintenance, & deployment, and reduces needs for hardware so as to further reduce electricity consumption, needs for the hosting room, & air-conditioning costs. Through the Virtualization, software providers can package the software as an independent VM Appliance, which contains its own operating-system. The VM Appliance does not have version support for different hardware platforms; it only has to go through the Virtual Machine, which accelerates the system imports & reduces barriers to entry, for direct deployment of the VM Appliance,

SaaS: It is not just a certain product but a software service delivery method. Through the software delivery patterns, users do not deploy maintenance for the information system & they do not pay for software licenses; they only pay the service provider for subscription to use the software services needed. For example, through the SaaS, companies do not procure the Email system, supportive hardware servers, and the storage on their own. Instead, they directly procure the number of Email accounts needed from the service provider and pay for the volume-based price.

The VM Appliance & SaaS both have characteristics of Service on Demand & the infrastructure of data sharing center, which are different from the services of exclusive physical servers in the traditional hosting room (clients self-construct exclusive server groups in the hosting room at the Center). Cloud Data Center allows services based on their needs, such as storage, CPU resources, network management & bandwidth, etc. Its Computing power & Storage are automatically scalable to deal with the ever-increasing needs. For example, under the traditional software deployment patterns, the system is unable to deal with the sudden increase of user needs & the organization is forced to restrict user access until being able to buy software & hardware to extend its systems. The Cloud Data Center automatically allocates new resources for dealing with needs & the organization pays only for the resources used when adopting Cloud deployment patterns. Employing potentials of unlimited scalability, availability, & reliability from the Cloud service providers, IT managers can realign resources, focus on providing services needed by customers & employees, & ensure competitive differentiation instead putting it focus on the infrastructure of management & IT maintenance.

Assess & select the best-fit solutions according to the software import types.

Function

Software

hardware platform

VM Appliance

SaaS

Hot-Plugging Support

No

Yes

Yes, if with the Virtual Machine.

Yes

Exclusive Hardware Platform

No

Yes

No

No

System Performance Optimization

No

Dependence on hardware models

Yes, if with the load balance.

Yes

High Usability

Dependence on software design

Dependence on hardware design

backup & restoration capabilities

Yes

Import Method

Installation CD

Physical Transport Required

Download Image Files

Only Computers Online

Scalability

Dependence on software design

Additional Hardware Platform Purchase Required

voluntary upgrade the hardware required

Structures Designed Exclusively For Scalability

Service Support

Self-Management

Self-Management

Self-Management & Fast Restoration

Round-the-Clock Support & SLA from service providers

Initial Investment

Yes

Yes

Yes, but only the virtualization software purchase.

No, but only subscription fees.

The Cellopoint Virtualization solution: It employs the virtualization technology to integrate “mail security” & “management application” into a set of virtual servers, lowering the management complexity & operation costs. This solution adopts module design and provides software virtualization deployment based on the CelloOS™ operating system. Its functions include email security defense, content checking, archive indexing, mail encryption, all of which are compatible with VMware & Citrix (Xen) structures. It is based on user requirements to dynamically allocate & execute functions needed & it saves costs of the software/hardware licenses, possessing dynamic configuration capabilities & maintaining its own scalability at any time.

The Cellopoint Cloud hosted email security service: It provides the SaaS junk mail filters, virus mail filters, anti-phishing, and other email attack protection, redirecting clean, normal mails back to the organizational mail servers. The Cellopoint adopts the CelloCloud™ technology, possessing characteristics of global defense online & real-time protection and updates. Customers, who have exclusive Mail Domain, can use the Cellopoint Cloud hosted email security services. The Cellopoint provides the Anti-Spam, Anti-Virus, & Anti-Malware shields, tackling all the problems at one sweep.