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Cloud Computing and the Olympics

The Cloud situation for the Olympics is a mixed bag

The London Olympics are not using the Cloud. Cloud computing seems a good match for the Olympics for provisioning a scalable and on-demand architecture quickly, and then taking it down after the event. That is precisely what the technology supports. The integration and deployment of the infrastructure for the Olympics is a big program with hundreds of servers due to the various events and related technology needed to support them. This can cause technologists to take a more conservative path to manage risks and stick to utilizing existing technologies.

An event like the Olympics does put a strain on the network bandwidth. To compound this issue, there is heavy use of twitter and test messages. A lot of this was anticipated and hence some media and entertainment organizations that report on the events are using Cloud based conferencing capabilities to share information and utilize the on demand, easy provisioning aspects of the Cloud. Some Cloud providers are providing data and applications during the time when there will be increased demand for bandwidth and to ensure business continuity for organizations. There are many organizations where workers are logging in remotely to avoid the traffic and rush and Cloud supports these aspects. Such remote access applications have been quite popular due to the substantial benefits they offer.

So the Cloud situation for the Olympics is a mixed bag, since for this event some people have raised questions about reliability. Due to the visibility of the event and need for reliable, real time data and reports, a new deployment mechanism and related integration activities can cause concern. However Cloud is being used by a lot of organizations not part of the Olympics, due to the rush caused by the event. Hopefully Cloud can be leveraged for prime time for the next Olympics, I suggest pilots well in advance of the next Olympics and a focus on sound testing including load testing to ensure a stable and reliable platform. As part of the pilots it would be important to look at the latency, scalability and thresholds that cause new instances to crop up automatically. As part of the load testing, the peak usage has to be estimated and the load that is determined has to be input to the applications to make sure they can sustain it for a secure Cloud environment. In addition performance metrics have to be setup and monitored to ensure adequate operations to the desired levels.The key is to start planning and looking at alternatives well in advance to have sufficient time for performing such testing activities. Cloud will likely win at the next Olympics! (This has been extracted from and is reference to Ajay Budhraja's blog).

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Ajay Budhraja has over 24 years in Information Technology with experience in areas such as Executive leadership, management, strategic planning, enterprise architecture, system architecture, software engineering, training, methodologies, networks, and databases. He has provided Senior Executive leadership for nationwide and global programs and has implemented integrated Enterprise Information Technology solutions.

Ajay has a Masters in Engineering (Computer Science), and a Masters in Management and Bachelors in Engineering. He is a Project Management Professional certified by the PMI and is also CICM, CSM, ECM (AIIM) Master, SOA, RUP, SEI-CMMI, ITIL-F, Security + certified.

Ajay has led large-scale projects for big organizations and has extensive IT experience related to telecom, business, manufacturing, airlines, finance and government. He has delivered internet based technology solutions and strategies for e-business platforms, portals, mobile e-business, collaboration and content management. He has worked extensively in the areas of application development, infrastructure development, networks, security and has contributed significantly in the areas of Enterprise and Business Transformation, Strategic Planning, Change Management, Technology innovation, Performance management, Agile management and development, Service Oriented Architecture, Cloud.

Ajay has been leading organizations as Senior Executive, he is the Chair for the Federal SOA COP, Chair Cloud Solutions, MidTech Leadership Steering Committee member and has served as President DOL-APAC, AEA-DC, Co-Chair Executive Forum Federal Executive Institute SES Program. As Adjunct Faculty, he has taught courses for several universities. He has received many awards, authored articles and presented papers at worldwide conferences.

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