What are the benefits, constraints, and costs associated with different cloud deployment models?

  

Competency
In this project, you will demonstrate your mastery of the following competencies:

Explain the concepts of virtualization
Explain the concepts of cloud-based architecture

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Scenario
The company you work for, Packages Plus Delivery (PPD), currently houses its physical computing environments on site. Packages Plus Delivery is growing, including the number of packages delivered and the number of employees hired each quarter. As a result of this growth and to better meet the needs of the clients, organizational leadership recently made the decision to virtualize all computing environments.
Leadership is deciding between internal virtualization and the use of an external vendor. They are also considering a move to cloud-based architecture but want to know more about the risks and cost benefits of moving to a cloud environment.
As a virtual solutions analyst at Packages Plus Delivery, you serve on a Virtualization Transition Committee. This group has been asked to create a presentation that emphasizes how the decision to move to virtualization will improve business strategy, and what the options are if the company considers moving the infrastructure to a cloud environment. Your presentation will ensure that leadership makes an informed decision.
Directions
You have been asked to create a presentation that supports the companys decision to move to virtualization. Within the presentation, you will need to address each of the following topics in order to inform leadership:

Describe how the companys decision to move to a virtual computing environment will impact its business strategy. If you use sources, be sure to provide a citation. You must include:

The benefits of your companys decision to move to a virtual computing environment
The constraints of the decision to move to a virtual computing environment
An explanation of how moving to virtualization will impact the scalability of the business

The costs of moving to virtualization
The hardware and software, and other technologies involved

In order to provide the most detailed information, you need to compare the implications of the organization moving to a virtual environment using its hardware servers in-house with the implications of using a third-party vendor to virtualize. You may create a visual (such as a Venn Diagram) or write a passage to explain these concepts. You will need to compare the following factors and describe the advantages, disadvantages, and risks associated with each:

Cost: equipment such as hardware and software, maintenance (i.e., upgrades and backups), licensing, security (i.e., shared responsibility, on premises)
Capacity
Agility
Service availability

As the company moves toward virtualization, you want to inform leadership of cloud-based architecture by describing the cloud service models that are available. You must describe:

IaaS
PaaS
SaaS
For each cloud service model, you must:

Explain how it supports virtualization
Advantages for organizations
Disadvantages for organizations

Describe different types of cloud deployment models that the company can deploy. You must include:

The benefits of each cloud deployment model
The constraints of each cloud deployment model
An explanation of how each cloud environment impacts the scalability of the business

The costs of moving to that type of deployment model
The training involved in moving to that type of deployment model

What to Submit
To complete this project, you must submit the following:
Presentation
Your presentation should be submitted on a file that your instructor can easily access (.ppt, PDF, .doc).
Your presentation must include:

The evidence that supports your companys decision to move to virtualization
A comparison of creating a virtual environment in-house compared to using an external vendor
Information on the various cloud service models
Description of cloud deployment model options
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Competency
In this project, you will demonstrate your mastery of the following competencies:

Explain the concepts of virtualization
Explain the concepts of cloud-based architecture

Scenario
The company you work for, Packages Plus Delivery (PPD), currently houses its physical computing environments on site. Packages Plus Delivery is growing, including the number of packages delivered and the number of employees hired each quarter. As a result of this growth and to better meet the needs of the clients, organizational leadership recently made the decision to virtualize all computing environments.
Leadership is deciding between internal virtualization and the use of an external vendor. They are also considering a move to cloud-based architecture but want to know more about the risks and cost benefits of moving to a cloud environment.
As a virtual solutions analyst at Packages Plus Delivery, you serve on a Virtualization Transition Committee. This group has been asked to create a presentation that emphasizes how the decision to move to virtualization will improve business strategy, and what the options are if the company considers moving the infrastructure to a cloud environment. Your presentation will ensure that leadership makes an informed decision.
Directions
You have been asked to create a presentation that supports the companys decision to move to virtualization. Within the presentation, you will need to address each of the following topics in order to inform leadership:

Describe how the companys decision to move to a virtual computing environment will impact its business strategy. If you use sources, be sure to provide a citation.

You must include:

The benefits of your companys decision to move to a virtual computing environment
The constraints of the decision to move to a virtual computing environment
An explanation of how moving to virtualization will impact the scalability of the business

The costs of moving to virtualization
The hardware and software, and other technologies involved

In order to provide the most detailed information, you need to compare the implications of the organization moving to a virtual environment using its hardware servers in-house with the implications of using a third-party vendor to virtualize. You may create a visual (such as a Venn Diagram) or write a passage to explain these concepts. You will need to compare the following factors and describe the advantages, disadvantages, and risks associated with each:

Cost: equipment such as hardware and software, maintenance (i.e., upgrades and backups), licensing, security (i.e., shared responsibility, on premises)
Capacity
Agility
Service availability

As the company moves toward virtualization, you want to inform leadership of cloud-based architecture by describing the cloud service models that are available.

You must describe:

IaaS
PaaS
SaaS

For each cloud service model, you must:

Explain how it supports virtualization
Advantages for organizations
Disadvantages for organizations

Describe different types of cloud deployment models that the company can deploy.

You must include:

The benefits of each cloud deployment model
The constraints of each cloud deployment model
An explanation of how each cloud environment impacts the scalability of the business

The costs of moving to that type of deployment model
The training involved in moving to that type of deployment model

What to Submit
To complete this project, you must submit the following:
Presentation
Your presentation should be submitted on a file that your instructor can easily access (.ppt, PDF, .doc).
Your presentation must include:

The evidence that supports your companys decision to move to virtualization
A comparison of creating a virtual environment in-house compared to using an external vendor
Information on the various cloud service models
Description of cloud deployment model options

Supporting Materials
The following resource(s) may help support your work on the project:

How to Design and Deliver an Effective Presentation
This document shows you how to design an effective presentation in Microsoft PowerPoint, Google Slides, Screencastify, and Apple Keynote.

Packages Plus Delivery Images Word Document
You are welcome to use these images of the companys logo to enhance your presentation.

Project One Rubric

Criteria
Exemplary (100%)
Proficient (85%)
Needs Improvement (55%)
Not Evident (0%)
Value

Benefits and Constraints of Virtualization
Exceeds proficiency in an exceptionally clear, insightful, sophisticated, or creative manner
Describes the benefits and constraints of moving to a virtual computing environment
Shows progress toward proficiency, but with errors or omissions; areas for improvement may include describing various benefits and constraints of moving to virtualization
Does not attempt criterion
15

Scalability of Virtualization
Exceeds proficiency in an exceptionally clear, insightful, sophisticated, or creative manner
Explains how scalability of moving to a virtual computing environment will impact the business
Shows progress toward proficiency, but with errors or omissions; areas for improvement may include explaining the costs, and hardware and software involved
Does not attempt criterion
10

In-House Vs. Third-Party Vendor
Exceeds proficiency in an exceptionally clear, insightful, sophisticated, or creative manner
Compares in-house virtualization to using an external vendor
Shows progress toward proficiency, but with errors or omissions; areas for improvement may include comparing costs, capacity, agility, and availability of internal and hosted virtualization
Does not attempt criterion
20

Cloud Service Models
Exceeds proficiency in an exceptionally clear, insightful, sophisticated, or creative manner
Describes the available cloud service models
Shows progress toward proficiency, but with errors or omissions; areas for improvement may include describing multiple cloud environments
Does not attempt criterion
20

Cloud Deployment Models
Exceeds proficiency in an exceptionally clear, insightful, sophisticated, or creative manner
Describes the benefits and constraints of different cloud deployment models
Shows progress toward proficiency, but with errors or omissions; areas for improvement may include describing various benefits and constraints of each type of cloud deployment model
Does not attempt criterion
15

Scalability of Cloud Environments
Exceeds proficiency in an exceptionally clear, insightful, sophisticated, or creative manner
Explains how a cloud environment impacts the scalability of a business
Shows progress toward proficiency, but with errors or omissions; areas for improvement may include explaining the costs and training of deploying a cloud environment
Does not attempt criterion
10

Articulation of Response
Exceeds proficiency in an exceptionally clear, insightful, sophisticated, or creative manner
Clearly conveys meaning with correct grammar, sentence structure, and spelling, demonstrating an understanding of audience and purpose
Shows progress toward proficiency, but with errors in grammar, sentence structure, and spelling, negatively impacting readability
Submission has critical errors in grammar, sentence structure, and spelling, preventing understanding of ideas
5

Citations and Attributions
Attributes sources where applicable using citation methods with very few minor errors
Attributes sources where applicable, but with consistent minor errors
Attributes sources where applicable, but with major errors
Does not attribute sources where applicable
5

Total:
100%

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How to Design and Deliver an Effective Presentation

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effective presentation.

Designing an Effective Presentation

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These tutorials show you the elements of effective presentation design, which will be helpful in creating
an engaging presentation that effectively conveys your message to your audience. Specifically, review
the following tutorials:

How Do I Create a Unique Presentation?

Learn It: Being an Engaging Presenter

Engaging the audience

Adding humor

Incorporating stories

Using metaphors

Effective Presentation Design

Presentations: What You Need to Know

Whats the big idea?
What the presentation is, and what its not
The visual presentation of information

Getting Started

Presentation design and process

Outlining and Storyboarding

Make it real

Using text

Making text clear and concise

Communicating

Using images

Using graphics

Telling the Story

Organizing the story

Using animations

Using transitions

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and the incorporation of humor and animation into your presentation.

Organization & Preparation Tips

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organize what you plan to present.

Top Ten Slide Tips

This article focuses on tips for the design of your presentation. Suggestions are given for the appropriate
use of bullet points and images, colors and fonts, and video or audio clips.

Delivering an Effective Presentation

Microsoft PowerPoint

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free version by clicking on the following link, entering your SNHU email address, and following the
installation prompts.

Microsoft 365 for Students

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the links below to view the materials. These tutorials show you how to use core PowerPoint
functionality and features.

PowerPoint 2016 (PC)

PowerPoint 2016 (Mac)

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that match your version.

Atomic Learning PowerPoint Options

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Record a slide show with narrations and slide timings

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presentation.

Recording a PowerPoint Presentation with Voice-Over Narration and Saving it as a Movie File

This is a more detailed presentation of how to record and save a PowerPoint presentation.

Google Slides

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This tutorial shows you how to use Google Slides functionality and features:

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Additional Resource for Google Slides:

Present Slides

This document contains written directions for viewing and presenting Google Slides with some of the
options available.

Screencastify

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Screencastify

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clink on the following link.

How to Use Screencastify

Apple Keynote

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How to Design and Deliver an Effective Presentation

Designing an Effective Presentation

Additional Resources:

Delivering an Effective Presentation

Microsoft PowerPoint
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Google Slides
Additional Resource for Google Slides:
Screencastify
Apple Keynote

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Introduction:

The world is moving towards digitalization and cloud computing has become an essential part of most businesses today. The concept of virtualization is one of the fundamental aspects of cloud computing. Virtualization can provide a business with considerable benefits, including better cost-effectiveness, increased scalability, and versatility. In this project, we will discuss the benefits and constraints of virtualization for Packages Plus Delivery (PPD). Our focus will be on how PPD can adapt to these changes and how they can be used to enhance the company’s business strategy.

Description:

Packages Plus Delivery (PPD), a growing business, is looking to virtualize their computing environments to meet the needs of their clients. As a member of the Virtualization Transition Committee, the main aim is to create a presentation that explains the benefits of virtualization and its impact on business strategy. The presentation will also highlight the risks and cost benefits of moving their infrastructure to the cloud environment. The presentation is designed to help organizational leadership to make an informed decision on whether to move to virtualization and how to go about making it happen.

The presentation will be divided into different topics that will cover virtualization and cloud-based architecture. We will compare the implications of moving to a virtual environment using hardware servers in-house versus virtualization through a third-party vendor. We will also explain the cloud service models that are available and describe the different types of cloud deployment models that the company can adopt. In conclusion, the presentation will provide guidance and insight into the best course of action for PPD in terms of moving to virtualization and the cloud.

Heading: Objectives

By the end of the presentation, participants will be able to:

1. Illustrate how virtual computing environments can improve business strategy.
2. Cite benefits, constraints, impact on scalability, costs, and required hardware and software for moving to virtualization.
3. Compare the implications of a virtual environment using the company’s in-house hardware servers versus using a third-party vendor for virtualization.
4. Identify cloud service and deployment models and how they support virtualization.
5. Describe the advantages, constraints, scalability, and costs of different cloud deployment models.

Heading: Learning Outcomes

Upon completing this presentation, participants will be able to:

1. Discuss the benefits of moving to a virtual computing environment and how this decision can improve business strategy.
2. Evaluate the constraints and costs that come with moving to virtualization.
3. Analyze how virtualization impacts the scalability of the business.
4. Compare the implications of using in-house hardware servers versus using a third-party vendor for virtualization.
5. Classify different cloud service and deployment models and articulate how they support virtualization.
6. Identify the advantages, constraints, scalability, and costs of different cloud deployment models.

Solution 1: Moving to Internal Virtualization

One solution for Packages Plus Delivery (PPD) is to move to internal virtualization. This means that the company would maintain control over its hardware servers and software for virtualization purposes. There are several benefits to this approach, including:

1. Cost-effectiveness: Moving to internal virtualization can be more cost-effective than using a third-party vendor. The company can avoid subscription fees and other expenses associated with outsourcing.

2. Increased control: With internal virtualization, the company retains control over its infrastructure and can make changes to virtualized environments on its terms. The company is responsible for maintaining its hardware and software, but the added control can be beneficial.

3. Improved scalability: Internal virtualization allows for greater flexibility to scale up or down as needed. The company has more control over resource allocation and can add or remove servers as required.

However, there are also constraints to be considered. Some of these include:

1. Expertise: Managing virtualized environments requires expertise in hardware, software, and other technologies. The company would need to have experts on staff or invest in training employees.

2. Increased complexity: Virtualized environments can be complex, and managing them can be more challenging than traditional physical environments. The company would need to invest time and resources to ensure proper management.

3. Hardware costs: The company would need to invest in additional hardware to support internal virtualization. This can be a significant expense, especially for a growing company like PPD.

Solution 2: Moving to Cloud-based Architecture

Another solution for PPD is to move to cloud-based architecture. This means that the company would use external cloud providers to host its virtual environments. There are several benefits to this approach, including:

1. Reduced costs: Cloud-based architecture can be more cost-effective for small and medium-sized businesses that may not have the resources to build and maintain their own servers. The company would only pay for the resources it uses, reducing costs.

2. Increased flexibility: Cloud-based architecture allows for greater flexibility in scaling up or down as needed. The company can easily add or remove resources as required without investing in new hardware.

3. Improved disaster recovery: Cloud-based environments can provide better disaster recovery options than on-premises environments. Recovery time objectives can be reduced, and the cost of data loss can be minimized.

However, there are also constraints to be considered. Some of these include:

1. Security risks: Cloud-based environments are inherently more vulnerable to cyber attacks than on-premises environments. Clients share responsibility for security with cloud providers, meaning the company would have to invest in additional measures to ensure security.

2. Dependency on vendors: Cloud-based architecture requires reliance on external vendors for hardware and software. This can limit flexibility and make the company more dependent on third-party providers.

3. Complicated pricing models: Cloud providers may use complex pricing models that make it difficult for the company to understand costs. This can make it challenging to budget and predict expenses accurately.

Suggested Resources/Books:

1. “Virtualization Essentials” by Matthew Portnoy
2. “Cloud Computing: Concepts, Technology & Architecture” by Thomas Erl, Ricardo Puttini, and Zaigham Mahmood
3. “The Art of Capacity Planning: Scaling Web Resources” by John Allspaw
4. “Virtualization: A Manager’s Guide” by Dan Kusnetzky
5. “Cloud Native Infrastructure: Patterns for Scalable Infrastructure and Applications in a Dynamic Environment” by Justin Garrison and Kris Nova

Similar asked questions:

1. What are the benefits of virtualization for businesses?
2. What are the challenges and costs associated with implementing virtualization?
3. What are the risks and benefits of using a third-party vendor for virtualization versus in-house hardware servers?
4. How does virtualization impact the scalability of a business?
5. What are the different cloud service models and deployment models available to organizations, and what are their advantages and disadvantages?

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