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Custom Cloud Solutions for Google Appengine

If you're a business owner or manager and you're baffled by cloud computing (also known as 'on-demand' computing), we can help OR If your company develops cloud-based apps and you're looking to staff up for a project, Read on to see what Infiflex offers.

Cloud computing

If you own or manage a company that specializes in products or services unrelated to technology, this article will introduce you to some basic concepts and terminology. Here's a very simple illustration of computing on the cloud: If you use Hotmail or Gmail (Google's free email service), you're computing via 'the cloud'. You're using a 'thin client' (your web browser) that's stored on your computer to read your email. But your address book and email are stored on Google's cloud. And if you create filters or send email to the trash, that processing is done on the cloud - not on your computer's local hard drive.

Types of clouds

Small and midsized businesses often have their first encounters with on-demand computing via the public cloud. But there are four types of clouds:

  • Private clouds are operated and used by one company or organization. They can be hosted on or off site, and self-managed or by a third party. Example: NASA's Nebula IAAS, used for scientific data.
  • Community clouds are shared by multiple organizations with similar goals, policies, security requirements or other concerns. Hosting can be on or off site, managed by the communities or a third party. Example: An academic cloud shared by public Universities in Michigan
  • Public clouds are sold to the public as services by their owners. Examples: Amazon EC2, Rackspace , or Microsoft Azure clouds.
  • Hybrid clouds use standardized technology that allows data and applications to be used across a combination of public, private or community cloud infrastructures. Example: A company may use a private cloud to store and process data that is security-sensitive, but use Rackspace (a public cloud) to store and process other data.

Benefits of cloud computing: scalability

  • Successful and growing businesses can scale up or scale out easily by increasing their computing resources or storage capacity with the click of a few buttons.
  • Application software can be run from the cloud. Adding new apps doesn't slow down processing speed.
  • Documents, records and pages on your website can be stored on the cloud, so adding more doesn't create storage capacity problems.
  • Security of data - No matter which system you use for governance, compliance, and access controls, you want that data to be safe.

Advantages of cloud computing: cost efficiency

  • It's easy to increase storage space without buying additional hard drives.
  • Resource-hogging application software can be run without purchasing more RAM.
  • Smart phones, iPads and other mobile devices can view
  • word processor documents, accounting software records or training videos via low-cost apps.
  • The need for large hardware investments can be reduced or eliminated when it's time to upgrade the system.
  • Low administrative overhead

When to use cloud computing?

If the following scenarios sound familiar to you, your business might benefit from a cloud implemented system. We can help you decide on the best approach:

  • You need a faster system - more advanced - or need someone who knows how to get more performance out of your existing computer system.
  • Your programmer built a website that's working so well that you're getting more customer ... but now you've outgrown your server and it keeps crashing.
  • No one on your IT staff knows how to take your business to the cloud.
  • Your existing system is overloaded. You've added another server, but it isn't helping.
  • Your website now has so many pages and so much content that you can't make the changes you want.

There are a lot more scenarios that could point to a small business cloud solution. Contact us to discuss the right solutions for you.

Why Google App Engine?

After researching all the choices available to us, we concluded that Google App Engine was the right choice for us to build our expertise and provide consultancy services on the same.
Apart from the benefits and advantages mentioned above

  • Data stays within the Google infrastructure - Using Google App Engine lets us scan, analyze and present information to our customers natively within the Google infrastructure without any of the data leaving to a third party. Google's datastore offers a high replication option for high reliability, and since it is implemented on top of BigTable and Google's distributed file system, it runs on the same core infrastructure that powers other Google services like Gmail and Google Apps.
  • Scaling with App Engine is easy - While being able to handle the largest Google Apps customers was a top concern, being able to do so on an on-going basis was another issue we had to solve. Using the Google App Engine Task Queue service it is possible analyze massive amounts of data continually. App Engine makes it very easy to start as many background tasks as needed to deal with bursts of load.

Cloud consulting services

At Infiflex, the team includes some of the most talented and creative IT pros and each custom software development project is unique - so this list isn't complete by any means. If you need a service that isn't listed here, contact us and ask.

  • Cloud migration
  • Web application integration
  • Software integration plans
  • Cloud service integration
  • Hybrid cloud development
  • Private cloud development
  • Parallel computing
  • Grid computing
  • Cluster computing
  • Multi-threaded programming
  • Sleuthing to improve software performance

The cloud is the new frontier. We'll help guide you if your main business isn't technology oriented. Or we'll join your exploration party if you're mapping out new territory.