Cloud Computing Versus Traditional Infrastructure Research Paper by AussieGenius

A discussion on the advantages of using a cloud computing solution as opposed to traditional IT infrastructure architectures in the context of integrating CRM and business intelligence systems.
# 150508 | 4,968 words | 16 sources | APA | 2012 | IL

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Matrix in the Valley is an electronic products store which also provides value added services to its customers. It has been growing in recent years and as a result it is now geographically dispersed and runs several different legacy systems. This has resulted in incompatibilities and communication difficulties between different sites within the organisation. As a result of the merger of Matrix in the Valley with a Singaporean company Sitronics and the use of a 3rd party vendor to provide customer service, the organisation needs to integrate its different IT systems, which operate in different countries with differing cultures and languages. This paper examines the issues which the organisation will need to deal with in order to integrate its business intelligence and customer relationship management systems. Specifically it discusses the possibility of performing the integration through a cloud computing solution. The business and technological implications of the cloud paradigm are covered together with costs issues and the impact on the organisation from a cultural and staffing perspective. Several figures are included in the paper.

Cloud Computing As an Integrated Infrastructure Solution
Business and Technology Implications at Matrix In The Valley
Infrastructure Implications If Cloud Computing Is Adopted
Technological, Structural and Cost Issues of Moving to a Cloud Solution
Cultural and Human Resources Implications
Security and Privacy Issues

From the Paper:

"A disadvantage of using the Cloud as a DR solution is that since accepted protocol for DR is for the backup site to be situated in a different geographical area, synchronisation between the primary and backup sites can become problematic as the distance increases due to network latency. Whilst this problem exists for any infrastructure solution, specifically with Cloud solutions, the organisation may have very little control over the physical location of the storage resources. As synchronisation is reduced, so data loss increases and Business Continuity is affected negatively.
"Wood et al (2010) show that the cost of running Disaster Recovery services using the public Cloud with a "pay-as-you-go" model versus using privately owned infrastructure can be 85% less. This is certainly worth the consideration Matrix in the Valley's executive management."

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