Posts Tagged ‘cloud computing’

The news filtering back to us from LegalTech (#ltny on Twitter) is “Cloud”s the word.  As you’d imagine, for a company committed to bringing uncapped storage and processing to the legal industry, it’s music to our ears.  Only trouble is, we’re a little worried that there are a lot of folks out there still trying to nail down what exactly “Cloud” means.

We tend to agree with a lot of the NIST definition of “Cloud Computing”.  Let’s take a look at their 5 Essential Characteristics.

1. On-demand self-service.

A consumer can unilaterally provision computing capabilities, such as server time and network storage, as needed automatically without requiring human interaction with each service’s provider.

We take this one step further, handling the launching and monitoring of resources for you.  A large-scale action on your part, results in new servers launching to take care of the heavy lifting with maximum efficiency.

2. Broad network access.

Capabilities are available over the network and accessed through standard mechanisms that promote use by heterogeneous thin or thick client platforms (e.g., mobile phones, laptops, and PDAs).

You can access your data from anywhere an internet connection is available.  Be it via a traditional browser or by phone.

3. Resource pooling.

The provider’s computing resources are pooled to serve multiple consumers using a multi-tenant model, with different physical and virtual resources dynamically assigned and reassigned according to consumer demand. There is a sense of location independence in that the customer generally has no control or knowledge over the exact location of the provided resources but may be able to specify location at a higher level of abstraction (e.g., country, state, or datacenter). Examples of resources include storage, processing, memory, network bandwidth, and virtual machines.

Our data is stored in some of the most reputable data centers in the world.

4. Rapid elasticity.

Capabilities can be rapidly and elastically provisioned, in some cases automatically, to quickly scale out and rapidly released to quickly scale in. To the consumer, the capabilities available for provisioning often appear to be unlimited and can be purchased in any quantity at any time.

With Nextpoint, you have uncapped access to storage and processing power.  Uploading large amounts of data will result in a large number of servers starting up to store your documents, index them for search, create preview images for the web and presentation, etc.

5. Measured Service.

Cloud systems automatically control and optimize resource use by leveraging a metering capability at some level of abstraction appropriate to the type of service (e.g., storage, processing, bandwidth, and active user accounts). Resource usage can be monitored, controlled, and reported providing transparency for both the provider and consumer of the utilized service.

Don’t pay for server capacity that you rarely, if ever, actually need.  Don’t pay for the software on the machines or their upkeep.  Let us take care of the technology so you don’t have to.  Let Lawyers Be Lawyers

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Why is it that in all the introductions to cloud computing we read, the emphasis on processing power is unaccounted for?

The cloud is processing power.  The cloud is having 100s or even 1,000s of servers doing work for you for pennies on the dollar.  The cloud is about having access to an infrastructure that IT departments drool over.  The cloud gives you the ability to turn on servers like turning on all the lights at Wrigely, but at the cost of just a few incandescent bulbs.

So much of the cloud is about power.  We shouldn’t miss that point.  It’s a big one.

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