5 Best Cloud Computing Tools One Should Know About

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As we all know that cloud computing is an Internet based computing technology, which provide various services to the end uses. Feature rich tools are the key to the success of Cloud Computing application development and deployment. Recently, there are lot of developments in Cloud Computing. This article throws light on five best cloud computing tools : Microsoft’s Windows Azure, Open Stack, Amazon EC2, CloudSim, Google App Engine.

Before discussing various cloud computing tools we must know about few very important characteristics of the cloud computing. All tools must provide these characteristics to the users [1]:

1. On-demand services
2. Virtualization
3. Pay per use service
4. Rapid Elasticity
5. Resource Management and Pooling

Cloud Computing Tools

Best cloud computing tools are explained briefly highlighting its characteristics. These tools reduces the infrastructure cost of the users and fulfil all characteristics of the cloud computing. Use of these Cloud computing tools may be preferred to to meet various business requirements of the users in a better way.

1. Microsoft’s Windows Azure

Microsoft’s Azure one of the best cloud computing tools which provides various elastic and scalable services to the users. As perspective of the development team Azure platform provides a familiar and flexible support. Using the Azure platform user can access existing Microsoft technologies to develop various applications [3].

Using Windows Live ID application developers can connect with Microsoft’s Azure Portal and use various services of the windows azure. Currently Windows Azure support three main role. This includes Web Role, Worker Role and VM Role [3].

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Figure : Five Best Cloud Computing Tools

2. Open Stack

Open Stack is a one of the best cloud computing open stack platform. Open Stack is a scalable and flexible platform enhance your investments in the technology and provide additional sources of revenues from existing customer base. Its offering service model and product include. Public Cloud, Hosted Private Cloud, Training, Converged Appliances, On-premise Private Cloud and Powering SaaS Apps [4].

There are main three components on OpenStack listed below:

  1. OpenStack Compute
  2. OpenStack Networking
  3. OpenStack Storage

All these components are tightly coupled with the OpenStack shared services and it’s also accessible using the OpenStack Dashboard [4].

3. Amazon EC2

Amazon EC2 (Elastic Compute Cloud) is a web service that provides various types of elastic compute capacity in the cloud. It’s mainly design for scalable computing resources for the various users. Amazon EC2 reduce the time to required and obtain the server instances [5]. It’s also provide complete control of various resources and interface allows to configure variety types of resources. Below listed various benefits of Amazon EC2:

  • Elastic Web-Scale Computing
  • Flexible Cloud Hosting Services
  • Completely Controlled
  • Reliable and Secure
  • Inexpensive

4. CloudSim

CloudSim is a simulation toolkit for modeling and simulation of various infrastructure and services. Its develop by the Clouds Lab. By using CloudSim simulation toolkit researchers, academics and industry based developers can focus on specific infrastructure design issues that they can investigate without various hardware resources [6]. CloudSim provides below listed functionalities:

  • Modeling and Simulation large scale data centers
  • Modeling and simlutation of virtualized server hosts
  • Application containers
  • Energy-aware simulation
  • Design various network topologies

5. Google App Engine

Google App Engine provides Platform as a service to the users. It’s also can be configured various runtime and operate with the different performance setting at the server side. The might include separate services to handle the various tasks, such as [7]:

  • API requests from the mobile devices
  • Internal and Admin like requests
  • Backend processing such as billing pipelines and data analysis

Useful Resources

  1. https://www.embarcadero.com/images/dm/technical-papers/cloud-computing-for-technology-tools.pdf
  2. http://enterprise-private-cloud.com/cloud-computing-compliance-industry-standards/
  3. http://www.tcs.com/SiteCollectionDocuments/White%20Papers/HighTech_WhitepaperWindows_Azure_09_2011.pdf
  4. https://www.openstack.org/assets/marketing/presentations/openstackserviceproviderdatasheetA4071813.pdf
  5. https://aws.amazon.com/ec2/
  6. http://www.cloudbus.org/cloudsim/
  7. https://cloud.google.com/appengine/docs/python/an-overview-of-app-engine
  8. www.techtarget.com