Cloud computing helps cuts costs
HA NOI — Cloud computing was an ideal solution to help enterprises drive down costs and overcome difficulties involving lack of budgets, the data boom and information safety, said experts from EMC, a leading provider of storage hardware solutions, during a seminar on Cloud Computing and Big Data held in Ha Noi yesterday.
Cloud computing is the delivery of computing as a service rather than a product, whereby shared resources, software, and information are provided to computers and other devices as a utility (like the electricity grid) over a network (typically the internet).
According to EMC experts, cloud computing was a new trend that would open the door to great opportunities in the near future and could be beneficial to the most crucial acknowledged business demands. In cloud computing, resources and information technology services were separated from the infrastructure and provided on demand, in accordance with the scale of a multi-user environment.
At the seminar, Ajit Nair, senior director of global services Southeast Asia EMC Corporation, said in 2010, 60 per cent of the companies listed on the Fortune 500 had their email addresses attacked by viruses and malwares and of the total 60 million variations of malware, one-third were developed last year.
To help enterprises better enhance their data protection, the EMC had introduced its technological continuous data protection (CDP). The CDP was a technology like a video camera, recording all changes in information technology systems around the clock. When having problems, this technology helped to restore the system at any certain time, said Nair.
Nguyen Minh Hong, deputy minister of Posts and Telecommunications, told participants that information technology had become a factor that had a great influence on every aspect of daily life and played a key role in developing the country's economy over the last year.
Along with the development of IT, cloud computing had been raised as a new trend making a great influence on traditional IT development. In Viet Nam, many organisations and businesses had quickly studied and enhanced the application of cloud computing in order to raise their competitiveness.
Hong said his ministry was conducting research to develop policies and measures to enhance the application of cloud computing in State-run companies and organisations.
Nguyen Duc Doanh, Head of the IT Network and Data Centre Administration Division of Dong A Bank, said to raise customer services, his bank invested in its data centre by applying this model of computing with a view to enhancing the efficiency and protecting the increased data growth.
Over the years, the bank had taken considerable chances on its virtualised IT environment. Just a few years ago, only 40 per cent of businesses applied virtualised IT environments, but it was now nearly 100 per cent, said Thai Hoa Nha, Manager of IT Division of Dong A Bank.
Data centres were using a wide range of storage architecture to support their server virtualisation efforts and clearly therefore a unified storage approach such as that which EMC was now offering would allow greater operational flexibility and lower consolidated total cost of ownership in combination with enhanced capabilities such as back up or recovery and remote replication, said Ajit Nair. — VNS