Research: Virtualization and Cloud Computing.
Background: According to Sharda (2015), Physical corporate data centers are rapidly being replaced by virtual infrastructure called virtualization. Virtual infrastructure originally meant one in which software replaced hardware in a way that a “virtual machine” or a “virtual desktop system” was accessible to provide computing power. Typically, computing capabilities, storage, and networking are provided by a third party or a group of vendors, usually over the Internet or through a private network.
Reference: Sharda, R., Delen, Dursun, Turban, E., Aronson, J. E., Liang, T-P., & King, D. (2015). Business Intelligence and Analytics: Systems for Decision Support. 10th Edition. By PEARSON Education. Inc.
Reference: Pearlson, K., Saunders, C., Galletta, D. Managing and Using Information Systems: A Strategic Approach, 6th Edition. Burlington, MA. Wiley, 2016
ISBN: 978-1-119-24807-1 (EVALC)
Assignment: With reference to the background statement above, what do you understand by the word Virtualization and what is Cloud Computing. Enumerate the benefits of both of them and mention their risks to organizations if any.
Go to page 144 of your recommended textbook and familiarize yourself with the CASE STUDY 6-2 tagged “The case of Extreme Scientists.” You can thereafter discuss and give answers to the following questions based on the case study:
- How would you describe the architecture Dr. Schadt uses to do his research?
- What are the risks Dr. Schadt faces by using Amazon for his supercomputing? What are the benefits?
- If you were advising a company trying to make a decision about using cloud computing for key business applications, what would you advise and why?