Supplementing information with media (i.e. pictures, videos, audio samples, etc.) is a great way to reinforce one’s idea(s), especially when dealing with more complex subjects. As such, slideshow presentations often prove to be very useful tools. This is because slides allow users to present information in a much more interactive and visual setting. Subsequently, this allows users to engage material directly and take more away from the presentation.

While this seems nice, you may be asking yourself how slides actually do this. The answer is visual cues. In utilizing media, information can be supplemented with visual cues, which allow the reader/viewer to better engage and grasp concepts. As a result, the reader/viewer is able to receive information on two levels, leading to a much more thorough understanding. As such, this can help to better breakdown any topic. For example, there are a number of slide presentations regarding Cloud Computing. Cloud computing enables business VoIP to take a stronghold – and as such, it’s important for companies everywhere to have a sense for its fundamentals.

While Cloud Computing may seem straight forward enough, there is a lot of information to account for—i.e. key terms and basic understanding, trends, predictions, best practices, security issues, pricing, etc. Alone, this knowledge may seem a bit dry, and therefore harder to retain; however, once supplemented, users may react more positively. That being said, we’ve put together a list of 30 slide presentations that break down Cloud Computing and everything that goes into it.

Composed by Andy Piper, a Developer Advocate at Cloud Foundry, this slide talks about the cloud as a necessity; however, in doing so, it covers a number of subjects. For example, Piper deconstructs a number of misconceptions currently held by Americans—i.e 54% say they never use it, but 95% turn out to use it, 51% think its affected by weather, 29% think it’s an actual cloud, etc. Once these misconceptions are deflated, Piper moves to define the different forms of cloud infrastructures, namely Private, Public, and Micro clouds.

This slide, compiled by Michael J Skok, features the results of the 3rd annual survey conducted by North Bridge in Partnership with GigaOM Research and 57 other collaborators. As such, the slide works to inform users on cloud computing adoption, growth, investment, and key trends from surveys previously conducted. The slide’s broken down into key sections including Demographics, Cloud Strategy and Growth, Drivers and Inhibitors, The Cloud Market and Ecosystem, IT Readiness/Competiveness, Cloud Investment and Business Models, Predictions, and lastly, Summary and Conclusions. This is great for readers as all the information is based on the actual state of the industry via survey results.
This is a great introduction piece for readers with little to no cloud computing knowledge. Written by Reuven Lerner, this slide presentation served as the introduction for MegaCOMM 2013, a conference for tech writers in Jerusalem. As such, this slide compiles information from various sources to thoroughly define and flesh out Cloud Computing. In doing so, it grounds the concept with more common language and everyday setting. Overall, this is a great introductory piece to help those new to the platform better understand the intent, design, and functionality.

SAP is a German software corporation that provides a variety of different applications to businesses of all sizes. As such, the corporation released a slide presentation of their predictions and their assessment of the Cloud in 2013. While the slide is chock full of Cloud information, there is also a lot of versatility as it also covers various other spheres such as IT, Mobile, Database and Technology, Analytics, Analyst Summary, Applications, and even Hot Topics. The information presented is broken down nicely, and what it lacks it flare, it makes up for in potency. As big a rabbit hole as that is, the language used is very accessible, making this presentation available to both beginners and seasoned veterans.
Just as the title suggest, Symantec’s, a global leader in providing security, storage, and systems management solutions, slide informs users on the unseen costs of cloud computing. In doing so, the company provides a full breakdown of the industry complete with up-to-date statistics and information. This works to provide users with information that’s critical in helping to account and avoid unseen costs. For example, users need to be aware of issues such as rogue cloud implementations, cloud backup and recovery issues, inefficient storage, compliance issues, eDiscovery issues, and Data in Motion issues (SSL Management) as each of these could lead to unseen costs. In highlighting each of these, this slide helps inform users on two fronts—i.e. of the industry and how to better navigate your budget with cloud computing.

This slide serves as RightScale Compute’s CEO’s, Michael Crandell, address. As such, it collects the latest market developments across various clouds (public and private), reviews cloud adoption data, and shares proven-successful tips and strategies. At this point, this information seems a bit standard, maybe even stale; however, RightScale’s CEO boils the cloud down to one term—change. From here, the presentation discusses the cloud and its continued presence in everyday life. Where this differs from other slides is in its focus on cloud growth through constant change. This slide syncs the concepts of cloud and change as one, making it easier to understand the ever evolving state of the platform.
Unlike similar slides, Cisco’s presentation doesn’t sugar coat anything. In fact, it doesn’t even waste time on an introduction. Instead, it dives head first into the first topic—why the cloud? From here, the slide branches out to discuss the timing of cloud adoption. This information is grounded in actual statistics, growth rates, and other resources. That being said, users are given more than the basics, as well as resources to go even further beyond. Additionally, the information given helps to better inform users of cloud computing and the cost efficiency inherent in the platform.

Clogeny Technologies’ Chirag Jog (CTO) discusses the difficulties that both large and small sized organizations face with managing IT infrastructure in the cloud. While this slide doesn’t have the universality of others, its focus works to explore every aspect of cloud infrastructure including automation and various other solutions available. Some key topics discussed are infrastructure management, “agile” infrastructure (its definition and importance), best practices for automation tools, integration, delivery, and deployment, and much more.  Again, the topic and language used are not as accessible as other slides; however, the specificity here helps answer a lot of cloud infrastructure questions.

This slide, which was originally presented at the 2013 LinuxFest NorthWest conference, outlines the open cloud as well as Infrastructure-as-a-Service, Data-as-a-Service, Platform-as-a-Service, and much more. In doing so, the information coalesces to create a comprehensive guide. As with Colgeny’s slide, author Mark Hinkle’s, Senior Director, Open Source Solutions at Citrix, work is not readily accessible for new readers. Sure, Hinkle gives an overview to Open Source and Cloud Computing, which gives an in-depth look at service models and cloud characteristics, but the real value of the slide draws from one’s pre existing knowledge. While it’s not entirely accessible, its not impenetrable either; however, familiarized users stand to gain the most from this presentation.
Senior Vice President of Cloud Technology Partners, David Linthicum provides a truly thorough and encompassing look at the future of the cloud computing sphere. As such, he discusses topics including the present state, emerging trends, the future, the big picture, a Q&A, and investment tips and insights. With this information Linthicum details the emergence of the platform and traces it back as far as 1940. While this information sounds like it’s a lot to digest, there are a number of graphs, charts, and other images to help users fully digest and retain all the information present.

Where other presentations have a specific focus, Sun Digital’s slide narrows down the generality of the cloud; however, in doing so, it does not hollow it. Instead, the slide works to refine the essential qualities of the cloud platform. As such, the cloud is defined, justified, and explained. One of the ways this is done is through the exploration of commonly asked questions. This helps readers to better identify and connect with the information as they see it as being more geared towards them. The slide also touches upon the major aspects of the cloud—security, back-up, redundancy, legacy integrations, energy and cost efficiency, access, and more.
Another slide presentation from Mark Hinkle, Senior Director, Open Source Solutions at Citrix, this slide deck comes from a webinar given last August. Hinkle again focuses in on key topics pertaining to IaaS and fleshes out these concepts with general information on topics including Cloud Computing Overview, Open Source Building Blocks, Open Source Tools, and Questions. This slide informs users through information as well as supplemental tools like comic strips, images and logos, and more.  Furthermore, Hinkle again injects his overview to better ground the key information.

Compiled by Amazon Web Services, this slide deck specifically details architecture within the cloud. As such, the slide works to detail basic cloud service(s) and terminology, as well as discuss how to better utilize a cloud infrastructure.  That being said, this slide serves businesses more so than residential users; however, there is some general information that all users may find helpful. Regardless, the general information can be found in a number of other sources too. Last but not least, the slide deck does deliver on its name, as it does fully detail best practices for building and deploying a cloud solution/service.
In switching to a cloud solution, there are some essentials users need to address—i.e. at what point one’s strategy will be challenged, when to migrate apps to the cloud, how to scale a strategy and tactics across an organization, and more. Not knowing any of this information can be detrimental for users. Luckily, WS02, an open source SOA company, has you covered.  This slide works to answer the above questions, as well as detail other information too—i.e. what is Platform, Software, and Infrastructure-as-a-Service. Additionally, the slide even works to define key cloud characteristics and architecture, capabilities, and boundaries. Overall, this 60+ slide deck offers up everything one would need to know in preparing for the switch to the cloud.

This Cisco Data Center slide again wastes no time in getting to the point. Here the focus lies primarily on managing the cloud through various solutions and practices including Infrastructure-as-a-Service and Automation for the cloud. In discussing these entities, Cisco also works to thoroughly define related terms as to better ground the information. This works well as the slide isn’t privy to much supplemental media. In addition the above information, the slide discusses differentiation processes, which are aimed at helping users better distinguish their cloud system and management style.
Where most other slides on this list deal with the cloud as a concept first, this slide deck addresses the pros and cons of employing cloud infrastructure over owning and operating a data center facility. As such, the entire presentation goes back and forth between the two options highlighting the pros and cons of each, while also defining each thoroughly.
Tom Raftery, Lead analyst, energy and sustainability practice, RedMonk, again engages the concept of change and the cloud as being married; however, this is not his main point. Instead, Raferty goes on to discuss potential modes of usage to increase energy efficiency (reduce emissions) and create the cleanest cloud there can be. As such, the slide discusses one of the biggest hindrances of this goal, lack of transparency. In doing so, this presentation works to inform users on potential ways to increase the cleanliness of the cloud platform.

Automating Cloud Applications Using Open Source from BrightTag

The Bright Tag team discusses their design and building of a highly scalable, zero downtime platform using off-the-shelf open source software. In doing so, the slide discusses design, deployment, and monitoring. Through each of these aspects, the authors discuss how to utilize already existing tools and how to repurpose them for new tasks. Additionally, in doing this, this slide also highlights the advantages of cloud based deployment.
The main topic of this slide is set around whether or not cloud service providers pose a threat to product manufacturers. While both sides of the argument are defended and validated, it is done so through information gathered from financial and industry analysts. Nimble Storage’s slide states how they have grown in the cloud segment of the market and the effect it has had on their business. As such, it gives users a tangible example of the argument presented.
Seth Robinson, director of technology analysis for CompTIA, discusses how IT companies can advance in the cloud. In doing so, the slide discusses the company’s primary philosophy—educate, certify, advocate, give back. This philosophy is again fleshed out with overview information that helps make the cloud more tangible to readers. Additionally, it also helps highlight the benefits of proper cloud usage.
Nati Shalom, CTO & Founder at GigaSpaces Technologies, discusses patterns and practices to help ensure users of the best redundancy, disaster recovery, and availability in the cloud. Here, the slide details how users can better protect themselves from outages, as well as how to act in the event of one. As such, there are a number of resources and statistics used to supplement various insights and ideas.
Authored by Newvewm, an analytic-driven cloud management service, this slide details the steps users should take to prepare their cloud services for an outage. Instead of talking about how to avoid an outage, this slide deals with outages as an inevitability. As such, it offers insights and practices that can help better prepare users.

Though utilizing slides can be very advantageous, this platform can also work against you. With the ability to easily incorporate multitudes of information, one can over saturate their presentation— which can ultimately work to further complicate source information, detract from one’s point, dilute information, or even altogether replace vital information. The key, as with anything, is balance.

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