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Cloud Computing White Paper from Google
November 18, 2009 at 12:28 pm #85717
Title: Cloud Computing – Latest Buzzword or a Glimpse of the Future?
The term cloud computing came into vogue a few years ago and has since generated its share of controversy. Here are some descriptions for cloud computing:
• Something that will “profoundly change the way people work and companies operate.”
• “Reliance on the Internet for satisfying the computing needs of the users.”
• “The next step in the evolution of software-as-a-service (SaaS) technology.”
• “Industry-speak for just about anything tangentially related to the Internet.”
• “We’ve redefined cloud computing to include everything that we already do. I can’t think of anything that isn’t cloud computing with all of these announcements.”
Clearly, there is a diversity of opinion on what cloud computing is, what it isn’t, and whether it’s a sea change or just another technology fad. The opinion of this white paper: Don’t get hung up on definitions. Don’t focus on the jargon of whether something is cloud computing, or software as a service, or the latest buzzword.
Instead, this paper suggests, focus on the changing IT equation. The world of computing is moving away from the on-premises IT model, where you keep buying servers, PCs and software licenses as your business grows. Cloud computing disrupts the conventional model and opens a new IT path for the small-to-midsize business: “clouds” of computing power, accessed over the Internet, become your server and your data center. Among the clouds: inexpensive applications that users can access on demand from any location and through a variety of devices.
This paper provides a snapshot of what is happening in the arena of cloud computing.
• What are the benefits?
• Why are businesses embracing it?
•What does it mean to a business owner or executive?
• How does it affect the workplace?
• What are the payoffs and the pitfalls?
• Is it really ready for “prime time”?
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