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Impact - A Blog by INM

Building RIAs in the Cloud

October 29, 2008 by Troy Benohanian

One of the reasons that I joined the INM team this past September was to ensure the seamless operation of the Rich Internet Applications (RIAs) that we build for clients. Seeing products such as INM Reach and INM eLibrary in action, I couldn't help but think of the potential of building large-scale customized libraries of documents and other enterprise caliber RIAs.

However, businesses that are considering these types of projects inside their enterprise can very quickly run into growing pains. The volume of content that accumulates over time can grow infinitely. It becomes very difficult for businesses to predict and allocate the required resources to setup and maintain an infrastructure to accommodate the growing volumes of content and users.

This is where Cloud Computing comes to the rescue. It promises on-demand, scalable, pay-as-you-go computing power and storage capacity. There is a great special report in this week’s Economist that explains the concept of the cloud and how it changes the way companies do business.

At INM, we predicted this emerging trend and we are closely monitoring the (r)evolution of cloud computing in the industry. As the cloud options develop, we are studying them closely to determine which of the on-demand solutions best fits the needs of our clients.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) was first out of the gate with its Elastic Computing Cloud (EC2) and Simple Storage Services (S3), which recently came out of Beta. Google followed soon after with its AppEngine. However, in recent months, everyone from Microsoft to Salesforce has jumped into the game. It will be interesting to dig-in and determine how each of these cloud service providers fulfills a different need and to see which ones are truly best-of-breed.

For INM Clients, some of advantages from these services can be:

  • Flexible pricing options for Software as a Service (SaaS) products
  • Gradual increase of SaaS infrastructure as demand grows
  • Outsourcing maintenance and support of SaaS product offerings

In future postings, we’ll dive deeper in some of these areas and analyze the impact of building RIAs in the cloud.

This is where Cloud Computing comes to the rescue. It promises on-demand, scalable, pay-as-you-go computing power and storage capacity. There is a great special report inthis week’s Economist that explains the concept of the cloud and how it changes the way companies do business. At INM, we predicted this emerging trend and we are closely monitoring the (r)evolution of cloud computing in the industry. As the cloud options develop, we are studying them closely to determine which of the on-demand solutions best fits the needs of our clients. Amazon Web Services (AWS) was first out of the gate with its Elastic Computing Cloud (EC2) and Simple Storage Services (S3), which recently came out of Beta. Google followed soon after with its AppEngine. However, in recent months, everyone from Microsoft to Salesforce has jumped into the game. It will be interesting to dig-in and determine how each of these cloud service providers fulfills a different need and to see which ones are truly best-of-breed. For INM Clients, some of advantages from these services can be:

  • Flexible pricing options for Software as a Service (SaaS) products
  • Gradual increase of SaaS infrastructure as demand grows
  • Outsourcing maintenance and support of SaaS product offerings

In future postings, we'll dive deeper in some of these areas and analyze the impact of building RIAs in the cloud.

This is where Cloud Computing comes to the rescue. It promises on-demand, scalable, pay-as-you-go computing power and storage capacity. There is a great special report inthis week’s Economist that explains the concept of the cloud and how it changes the way companies do business. At INM, we predicted this emerging trend and we are closely monitoring the (r)evolution of cloud computing in the industry. As the cloud options develop, we are studying them closely to determine which of the on-demand solutions best fits the needs of our clients. Amazon Web Services (AWS) was first out of the gate with its Elastic Computing Cloud (EC2) and Simple Storage Services (S3), which recently came out of Beta. Google followed soon after with its AppEngine. However, in recent months, everyone from Microsoft to Salesforce has jumped into the game. It will be interesting to dig-in and determine how each of these cloud service providers fulfills a different need and to see which ones are truly best-of-breed. For INM Clients, some of advantages from these services can be:

  • Flexible pricing options for Software as a Service (SaaS) products
  • Gradual increase of SaaS infrastructure as demand grows
  • Outsourcing maintenance and support of SaaS product offerings

In future postings, we'll dive deeper in some of these areas and analyze the impact of building RIAs in the cloud.

This is where Cloud Computing comes to the rescue. It promises on-demand, scalable, pay-as-you-go computing power and storage capacity. There is a great special report inthis week’s Economist that explains the concept of the cloud and how it changes the way companies do business. At INM, we predicted this emerging trend and we are closely monitoring the (r)evolution of cloud computing in the industry. As the cloud options develop, we are studying them closely to determine which of the on-demand solutions best fits the needs of our clients. Amazon Web Services (AWS) was first out of the gate with its Elastic Computing Cloud (EC2) and Simple Storage Services (S3), which recently came out of Beta. Google followed soon after with its AppEngine. However, in recent months, everyone from Microsoft to Salesforce has jumped into the game. It will be interesting to dig-in and determine how each of these cloud service providers fulfills a different need and to see which ones are truly best-of-breed. For INM Clients, some of advantages from these services can be:

  • Flexible pricing options for Software as a Service (SaaS) products
  • Gradual increase of SaaS infrastructure as demand grows
  • Outsourcing maintenance and support of SaaS product offerings

In future postings, we'll dive deeper in some of these areas and analyze the impact of building RIAs in the cloud.