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Case study: Hasbro

You may read the case here: 6.1 Hasbro

1. What are the key components of the infrastructure Hasbro used for this project?

The key components of the infrastructure are Amazon Web Services (AWS), open source software, and the monitoring software.

2. What are the advantages and disadvantages to Hasbro of using Web services?

Advantages:

  • The utility of Web services saves them from spending a large sum of money on infrastructure, which may include computer servers, storage hardware and room or place to hold those devices.
  • This also guarantees them to always have enough amount of capacity. So they do not need to worry about the capacity any more.
  • It also makes both their money expenditures and time consumption more effective. They can start by buying a reasonable amount of capacity. When the monitoring software starts to notify them that the load is increasing, they are able to easily spend a little more money purchasing extra amount of capacity just by logging in with several mouse clicks within minutes. This reduces development time and maintenance time.
  • The IT costs are very low for these services. “If the system is architected properly, using these services, one can launch a campaign or application on a shoe-string budget and scale the application as needed without requiring a large support team”.
  • Also they don’t have to worry about the maintainability, because the services providing company will take care of it.
  • Decreases risks associated with in-house development.

Disadvantages:

  • Data security: The Web services server might be vulnerable to attack, and the data might be stolen.

In general, Hasbro loses a lot of control over their systems (design, operation, and maintenance).

1. What are the key components of the infrastructure Hasbro used for this project?

The key components of the infrastructure are Amazon Web Services (AWS), open source software, and the monitoring software.

 

2. What are the advantages and disadvantages to Hasbro of using Web services?

Advantages:

  • The utility of Web services saves them from spending a large sum of money on infrastructure, which may include computer servers, storage hardware and room or place to hold those devices.
  • This also guarantees them to always have enough amount of capacity. So they do not need to worry about the capacity any more.
  • It also makes both their money expenditures and time consumption more effective. They can start by buying a reasonable amount of capacity. When the monitoring software starts to notify them that the load is increasing, they are able to easily spend a little more money purchasing extra amount of capacity just by logging in with several mouse clicks within minutes. This reduces development time and maintenance time.
  • The IT costs are very low for these services. “If the system is architected properly, using these services, one can launch a campaign or application on a shoe-string budget and scale the application as needed without requiring a large support team”.
  • Also they don’t have to worry about the maintainability, because the services providing company will take care of it.
  • Decreases risks associated with in-house development.

Disadvantages:

  • Data security: The Web services server might be vulnerable to attack, and the data might be stolen.
  • In general, Hasbro loses a lot of control over their systems (design, operation, and maintenance).