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Myths and legends - cloud myths #1

February 28, 2012 9:05 AM | 0 Comments

zeusMyths and legends make great stories. They can make great movies – if the director is up to it. In more mundane circumstances, they’re often similarly used as a metaphor. In terms of cloud computing, some myths are considered as incontrovertible as the Instructions of Shuruppak, by which is meant – it is tantamount to a fact that this is a myth.

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From hardware based....to software based....to cloud

Early pioneers in the market initially known as computer telephony took a look at the typical office workstation and decided that efficiencies could be achieved by integrating the two pieces of electronics typically found on workers desks – the telephone and the personal computer. They started with a computer platform, and added a hardware board to it so that the integrated computer system could make and receive phone calls. 
 
The next step was to scale the system so that it was capable of handling tens, hundreds or even thousands of channels and could be centralised and integrated with the office PBX.  To achieve this, it was necessary to have telephony boards with dedicated DSPs to perform the telephony call processing, thus leaving the main processor on the server/PBX free to handle the application.
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Traditional_vs_cloud_based_deployments.pngOk, you’re sold on the benefits of cloud computing. You understand it means you can take advantage of computing resources that are owned and managed by someone else.  That’s great!  But you want to know what that means in relation to telecommunications, if you need any additional hardware or software, who takes care of the PSTN connection, how you can access the telephony resources in the cloud, how does it compare to the traditional deployment options. Continue Reading...

If you are intrigued by Cloud Telephony, you might be asking yourself a number of questions. Those questions are likely to include: “What is meant by a Telephony Platform as a Service (PaaS)?” “Is it for me?” “When and why would I use a Telephony PaaS?” “What are the Telephony PaaS options?” Read on for some answers…

In summary, a PaaS could be a server system or it could be a computer language interpreter that enables bespoke applications to be written and deployed.  The main benefit being that you can access ‘tools’ to help write and deploy an application, based on technology owned and managed by someone else.

PaaS is different from Software as a Service (SaaS) in that there is no pre-written, configurable application. Continue Reading...

Who owns the cloud?

September 8, 2011 10:16 AM | 0 Comments
If the thought of storing critical, personal or sensitive information in a place that to all intents and purposes is completely out of your control makes you feel a tad uneasy – you’re not alone.  Using the cloud, particularly in relation to data, is a bone of contention, but there are options for you to choose from, each with its own merits.
A previous blog post introduced the idea that services (IaaS, PaaS and CaaS) can be deployed in three different types of cloud - private, public or hybrid (there are more variations out there, but those are the key ones for you to consider at this early stage).  Which is the best option for you, really depends on what you’re looking to achieve.  It may be useful to think about your top priorities, for example, ‘risk aversion’ or ‘cost reduction’?
It’s virtually your choice
What’s the key factor that sets cloud categories apart?
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Why shouldn't you move to the cloud?

September 1, 2011 6:31 AM | 0 Comments

This question, albeit it’s more of a statement seeking endorsement, was recently raised on LinkedIn and it generated a variety of responses relating to security, ease of use, and flexibility, to name but a few. I couldn’t resist the temptation to respond and counter some of those ‘issues’.

Security – any computer connected to the Internet is at risk from hackers, whether it is in the cloud or in a private data centre. Would it be true to say that an SME, with necessarily limited resources, is able to better secure its data than say, Amazon?

In addition, who says everything needs to be in the cloud? Adopting a cloud computing strategy isn’t an ‘all or nothing’ decision.

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A question was recently posted on linked in asking “What impact will the rise of cloud computing have on the service provider market over the next two years”?

It is an interesting question and not necessarily one you may be concerned with…but there may well be some effects that we all feel down track.

Cloud computing can be divided into many sub-groups: infrastructure, platform and software -as-a-service.  And into many industry types – cloud telephony being one such example. 

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"Hey, you, get on to my cloud."

February 4, 2011 5:50 AM | 0 Comments
On the theme of the ‘cloud’….



If the Rolling Stones had time back or rather, were just now embarking on their career, they’d be writing “Hey, you, get on to my cloud.” Most everyone is now saying to us or telling us, that is just what we should be doing – getting in[on]to ‘cloud computing’. Many analysts and researchers, such as Gartner and the IT Governance Institute, are happy to tell us that’s exactly what we will be doing. The ‘cloud’ is inevitable. Its advance is inexorable. Continue Reading...

The Aculab Cloud

February 3, 2011 10:50 AM | 0 Comments
Aculab_Cloud.pngA snippet from Alan Pound's keynote given today at the IT Expo show in Miami showing the architecture of our new concept, Aculab Cloud. The video recording of the keynote presentation will be uploaded shortly.
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Aculab moves to the cloud at ITExpo

January 27, 2011 5:55 AM | 0 Comments
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Once again, and for the 11th year running, Aculab is the Diamond sponsor of ITEXPO. The show continues to deliver great new contacts, networking opportunities and a perfect platform to announce new products to the communications industry. At the last event, we launched AMS Server – and won the Best of Show award for ‘Best Development Tool’. This year, we have more new announcements to make and interesting sessions to attend…

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Aculab will be previewing Aculab Cloud, our true cloud-based telephony platform, which builds on Aculab’s heritage in the telephony market and presents another deployment option for our award winning media processing resources.

Keynote presentation
‘Voice in the Clouds’
Alan Pound, Founder and CEO
Thursday 3 February at 10am in room B217 / 218
In this keynote, Alan will discuss the issues involved in hosting voice services and media processing in a cloud environment.  Continue Reading...

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