Cloud computing discussed @ Anna University

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Imprint, a national level technical symposium of Anna University, Chennai was recently held from March 1-3, 2018. It was attended by students from eight engineering and diploma colleges in printing. Anand Jeeth, Director, Cadgraf Digitals, Chennai gave a presentation on Cloud Computing, which is the practice of using a network of remote servers hosted on the Internet or a shared location to store, manage and process data, rather than a local server or a personal computer. The basic structure for user application consists of 3 layers — Software layer, Platform layer and Infrastructure layer.

The design objectives for Cloud Computing are on demand printing, scalability and highest quality. Cloud based software is provided as apps for project management, marketing automation, CRM, live chat, Amazon web services (elastic beanstalk), email marketing, help desk, invoice application and analytics. End customers need only to provide data. There are service providers for these like Amazon web services (Elastic Beanstalk), Windows Azure, Google app engine, Heroku and Force.com. Pros and cons could be there in these apps. Pros include it being cost effective, faster, easy development private/public deployment, etc, while cons include limited to provider’s language and tools and migration issues.

Other advantages of Cloud Computing are that it is universally accessible from any where and allows multi tenancy. But, Internet performance and compliance issues should be solved.

Major universal Cloud Computing players are amazon web services, GoGrid and Rock Space. Cloud Authoring enables collaboration with members around the world, publish to multiple channels and automated publishing services. This way one can resort to Cloud Printing like a HQ can print on branches the instruction and guidelines through Cloud Printing without installing printer drivers.

–D Ramalingam

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