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White Paper from Maria Spinola
July 28, 2009 at 11:04 am #76626
Author: Maria Spinola
Cloud Computing is quite possibly the hottest, most discussed and often misunderstood concept in Information Technology (IT) today. In short, Cloud Computing proposes to transform the way IT it's deployed and managed, promising reduced implementation, maintenance costs and complexity, while accelerating innovation, providing faster timeto-market, and the ability to scale high-performance applications and infrastructures on demand.
The goal of this White Paper is to provide a realistic perspective of the possibilities, benefits and risks of Cloud Computing; what to look for, what to avoid, and also some tips and best practices on implementation, architecture and vendor management strategies. It is important to consider all those aspects before you decide either to move (but without putting the carriage before the horse) or not to move your systems, applications, and/or data to to the “Cloud”, in a “hype free” approach.
July 28, 2009 at 11:09 am #76629
Comments by Blogger Kevin Jackson
Maria Spinola: An Essential Guide to Cloud Computing
Maria Spinola, a Strategic IT Marketing and Innovation Adviser and editor at http://www.Cloudviews.org, has recently published An "Essential Guide to Possibilities and Risk of Cloud Computing". Her very pragmatic approach has provided "a realistic perspective of the possibilities, benefits and risks of Cloud Computing; what to look for, what to avoid, and also some tips and best practices on implementation, architecture and vendor management strategies."
So why should you bother if you've already decide not to use cloud computing? Maria actually has a very succinct answer to that question:
* Its' likely that without your knowledge, some of your departments are already using Cloud Computing,
* You will need to define a Cloud Governance Program and make it available to all your internal customers.
* A department may decide to go to a Cloud Computing service provider and start using their services immediately, instead of waiting months to have an on premise system installed,
* Since Cloud offerings are "free" to start using immediately instead of asking permission to use it, employees may be asking you for forgiveness later.
I expect this guide will be widely distributed because it provides an excellent summary of current cloud computing industry views.
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