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Maria Spínola

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With virtually every vendor/provider on the planet jumping on the Cloud Computing bandwagon, sometimes it's difficult to tell whether a service is truly a Cloud Computing offering or simply a pre-existing offering that has the Cloud label slapped on it, such as hosting, outsourcing, ASP (Application Service Provider), On Demand Computing, Grid computing, Utility computing, SaaS (Software as a Service) and so on. In fact, Cloud Computing is not a technology revolution, but rather a process and business evolution on how we use those technologies that enables Cloud Computing as it exists today: SaaS, inexpensive storage, REST, AJAX, SOA(service-oriented architectures), On Demand Computing, Grid Computing, Utility Computing, virtualization, etc. The issue is that many providers of those technologies hijacked the term Cloud Computing, and it is this confusion that discredi... (more)

The Five Characteristics of Cloud Computing

In the previous article Cloud Equals SaaS, Grid, Utility Computing, Hosting...? I made the following statement: "SaaS is one of the three possible Cloud Computing delivery modes; however, to be considered Cloud Computing, any of those delivery modes must have certain specific characteristics" So, in this article we will look at those specific characteristics that define exactly what is Cloud Computing, so that next time you will be able to evaluate if a specific offer is truly Cloud Computing, or simply a pre-existing offering that has the Cloud label slapped on it. We can state t... (more)

What Are the Cloud Computing Challenges and Risks?

Perhaps by now, after you have read the: - Cloud Computing, in Plain English, to IT Directors, VP's, CIO's and CEO's - Why Should IT Directors, VP's, CIO's and CEO's Care About Cloud Computing? - Cloud Equals SaaS, Grid, Utility Computing, Hosting...? - What Exactly is Cloud Computing? - Why Large Public and Private Sector Organizations (not just SMB's) Are Seriously Considering Cloud Computing? you may be asking the following questions, among many others: • Where is my data? • How does my data securely enter and exit the cloud? • How is my data protected in transit? • Who has access to my ... (more)

O que existe em comum entre Content Marketing, Fnac Portugal e PC Guia?

Uma das razões da existência do Content Marketing, deve-se ao facto de os "media" tradicionais estarem a "morrer" devido à quebra de receitas de publicidade. Por isso não me admira o fim da PC Guia (ver http://economico.sapo.pt/noticias/cofina-vai-fechar-revista-pc-guia-e-maxima-interiores_110017.html) Deixo aqui um exemplo dos futuros "PC Guias": http://issuu.com/fnac.pt/docs/fnacmag_marco?viewMode=presentation&mode=embed Não haverá nenhuma empresa "inteligente" que necessite dos serviços de quem trabalhava na @PC Guia, e implemente algo idêntico ao que a Fnac Portugal fez? O futu... (more)

Cloud Computing: Both a Threat and an Opportunity

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