Sample Essay on Cost Effective Dynamic Provisioning in Internet Hosting Platforms

Cost Effective Dynamic Provisioning in Internet Hosting Platforms

Background Information:

            Internet platforms continue to increase with many businesses and retailers opting to use virtual hosting platforms to host their businesses. This is because the services are cost effective nature as compared to the actual cost, which may be used in the physical design and implementation of an infrastructure to support a hosting solution in the business premises. This internet platforms use servers to accommodate concurrent multiple applications, where multiple clusters are used during the process. The advantage of this concept is that it can accommodate multiple workloads, through a process of resource allocation to manage various bandwidths and capacity.

            The virtual hosting platforms use cloud computing to increase scalability and the functionality. This increases much interest on how the technology handles multiple requests and accommodates concurrent applications in the cloud. The research was selected due to the interest in cloud-computing systems, and how its use has affected business operations leading by increasing efficiency and being less costly.

Research questions:

  1. To find out the factors promoting the use of the virtual hosting platform in businesses.
  2. To find out how the cost element is a driving factor in the use of virtual hosting platform.

Hypothesis:      

  1. Virtual hosting platforms are the cheapest means of hosting
  2. The architecture behind virtual hosting is less complicated than physical hosting
  3. The cost effectiveness of virtual hosting is due to a unique resource allocation process.

            The research questions are derived from the research topic that is being researched on. They will help in guiding the research plan to enable the researcher to gather enough information on the topic. The questions and hypothesis are unique since they are connected to the research objectives.

Literature:

            The cloud computing architecture is being used as the new model in service delivery. The architecture supports various online applications with most organizations and entities in retail banking, finance, and social network sites utilizing this model of service delivery. One of the notable services being the dynamic provisioning in internet platform is becoming a concept where a large number of businesses are hosted in the internet by the use of domain names, with an underlying infrastructure consisting of a data center configured to manage the various elements of virtual hosting.

            Dynamic provisioning is suited to web-based applications to manage the various elements in workload fluctuation, in that it can dynamically be used to accommodate changes in traffic and workload during peak moments, while on the other hand being cost-effective where service providers charge for the actual amount of service used, commonly known as consumption based price model (Zrakic 4).    

            The economics behind dynamic provisioning of internet platforms makes the technology cost effective in regard to storage economics. Storage economics, a model closely related to capacity allows internet hosting companies to store more information in a model that compensates it based on value and infrastructural benefits (Tsiakis et al., 48). This is because a service provider for the service can increase business performance by minimizing storage allocations while maximizing the infrastructural capacity, which is brought about by their capability to manage workload, and storage capacity during peak and off-peak durations. This gives the rationale behind the cost-effective nature of internet hosting in respect to the cost of hardware and software acquisition, and value obtained by maximizing the storage capacity while lowering the costs. 

            The rationale of the free market also gives users and web-based participants the choice to select internet hosting platforms based on the price. Dynamic provisioning of internet hosting platforms gives users the power to choose among alternatives due to the surge in such services leading to a scenario where supply exceeds demand. The surplus, due to the outburst in the use of the technology lowers the price of internet hosting platforms (Rayna and Striukova 278). The overconsumption and overcrowding in the use of the shared resources lowers down the cost hence resulting to economic efficiency on the user’s side. The user is also relieved of the management functions which may call for the need to hire additional expertise to manage and run a physical hosting computer resource, since the functions of management, control, and security, which would result to a user incurring additional costs, have been outsourced to the internet hosting platform provider. The pricing model used in internet hosting is also flexible in nature which allows payments for the service to cater for the units that have only been consumed. The flexibility results to cost reduction on both the provider and the users. They only pay for a particular use compared to instances where a fixed pricing model would require the user to pay regardless of whether they used the service or not, apart from which they also have an option to choose the product as per the size limit and configurations that suit their needs.

            The research elaborates the cost effectiveness of dynamic provisioning of internet platforms. It gives a critical evaluation regarding the dynamics, which result to the reduction of the costs offered by the providers of the service. A closer look however establishes a relationship between the benefits of such cloud platforms and demand. The cloud based infrastructure support various services, hence redefining service delivery in web-based systems, thereby increasing access to the services. This on the other hand, leads to an oversupply of the service hence lowering the costs of providing such services.

            The tendencies of such internet hosting platforms to offer unique services compared to what can be offered in similar physical setups also lowers the costs, for example in instances where users have subscribed to the service providers. It also becomes less costly in shared setups where multiple numbers of users are being offered the service that is costly if implemented individually. The scenario through a cost sharing approach minimizes the costs, which would have been spent for a unique service.             

            Internet hosting platforms also offer complementary services such as security, systems monitoring and upgrade which are factored in a given price bundle. These complementary services offered make the platform to be cost effective, in a way that the services which would have been offered by a third party or buying additional equipment is offered at a reduced price due to the high availability of the expertise at the companies. The essence of cost reduction is highly substantiated by this research.

 Obtaining and managing the literature:

            Mendeley as a program can be configured on the online platform and also as a desktop program. This gives researchers the ability to upload research data while in the field, to enable them complete the research, in a way that they can gather, store, manage, collaborate and discover other essential information for the research work. The program will also be used to cite the research content through its in-built feature.

Justification of the research questions:

            The research questions are essential in guiding the whole literature and topic of study. They will assist the researcher to have an overview of what should be researched and whether the research obtained give answers to the reasons for doing the research. The questions will also be used to reduce instances of deviations from the main topic of research.

 Data analysis:

            This is the computation involving the summary and values which have been derived from the set of data collected (Andrienko 1). This section will contain the data sampling methods, reliability, and validity comments. It will also indicate the concepts and tools, which will be used to analyze the data. The expected data will be a mirror of the literature gathered and the research questions. The study will involve a maximum of forty entities, which subscribe to the cloud service.

            A purposive sampling technique will guide the data gathering process. It is referred to as purposive since it involves identifying a sample for a specific study (Grinnell and Unrau 153). The technique shall use both primary and secondary sources, where primary data will be collected through interviews while secondary data will be gathered through questionnaires. The data gathering approach used will be the field research approach, where the researcher will collect data from the field, note the response down in a note book then use the Microsoft excel to code and tabulate the data into meaningful information.  

The data indicates the responses gathered from the field

Responses regarding the cost and quality of service
Measure Driving factorsStrongly Agree 30                              Somewhat Agree 5Agree 5Disagree 0Strongly Disagree 0Somewhat disagree 0
Cost3523000

            The data gathered indicate how the respondents view the service offered by the platforms, with the majority agreeing with the research. The feedback also does not indicate any disagreement with the service hence representing 100% reliability and validity, where reliability defines the stability of the results (Schensul et al, 271), and validity indicating how true and correct the research is (McBurney and White 173). This is because the responses give a clear picture that the outcomes collected represent the purpose of the research.

            Ethical issues can also influence the research plan during data collection, management and analysis. This is because they can guide the process of data collection and analysis, in that there are instances where the process can be done with a lot of dishonesty and trust, deception and misinterpretation of statistical significance and outputs. The researchers involved may provide deceptive responses to support their claims. These may reduce trust vested on the researcher’s ability to produce valid and acceptable results proven by evidence apart from which the research may give unproven results, which do not substantiate the information produced. In instances where the data collection has to be conducted in fields, there is the risk of facing hostility from the respondents. These ethical issues may affect the overall research integrity and quality, which may also compromise the standards of education in a given subject under research.       

            In addition, for a positive outcome in the research process, there are guiding principles that need to be utilized in order to ensure that the process is completed as expected. The strategy will involve scheduling the activities through timelines so that the deliverables are met. This may involve designing an outline consisting of questions to guide the research process. The actual research and an extensive reading will also guide the research process on a subject matter, which may involve analyzing various literatures supporting the study topic.

Timeline:

TaskDuration
Choosing a topic to research1 day
Developing the research contents (Thesis, objectives and questions)6 hours
Evaluating the materials for the research plan1 day
Putting literature together into pieces1 day
Preliminary drafting1 day
Editing the piece of research1 day
Presenting the final piece of research12 hours

            The completed piece of work can be published in various avenues. These avenues require stringent copyright, to protect the integrity and to prevent the manipulation of the research by other groups. It is also a requirement that the research be up-to-date, and that the published work is original and has not been copied in anyway. These avenues depend on the subject matter, but avenues where scientific publications can be included such as open journals and scientific bulletins can be utilized to publish the piece of data. These requirements govern the nature and quality of work that also ensures that the quality of the literature supplied is not compromised in any way.

            The literature provides an overview of the data and research. It gives a summary of the findings of the topic of study, which leads to the fulfillment of the objectives of conducting the research. 

Works Cited

Andrienko, Natalia, and Gennady Andrienko. Exploratory Analysis of Spatial and Temporal Data: A Systematic Approach. Berlin: Springer, 2006. Web.

Despotović-Zrakić, Marijana, Veljko Milutinović, and Aleksandar Belić. Handbook of Research on High Performance and Cloud Computing in Scientific Research and Education. , 2014. Web.

Grinnell, Richard M, and Yvonne A. Unrau. Social Work Research and Evaluation: Foundations of Evidence-Based Practice. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008. Print.

McBurney, Donald, and Theresa L. White. Research Methods. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Cengage Learning, 2010. Print.

Rayna, T., & Striukova, L. (2010). Web 2.0 is cheap: supply exceeds demand. Prometheus, 28(3), 267-285.

Schensul, Stephen L, Jean J. Schensul, and Margaret D. LeCompte. Essential Ethnographic Methods: Observations, Interviews, and Questionnaires. Walnut Creek, Calif: AltaMira Press, 1999. Print.

Tsiakis, Theodosios, Theodoros Kargidis, and Panagiotis Katsaros. Approaches and Processes for Managing the Economics of Information Systems., 2014. Web