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Maria Spínola

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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 that Cloud Computing allows business to increase IT capacity (or add capabilities) on the fly and in real time (Internet-enabled), without investing in new infrastructure, training new personnel or licensing new software, and as a pay-per-use service. However, the above definition is not comple... (more)

Rushing To Cloud Computing Can Be Bad

Business managers know that in spite of the benefits of every new technology/business model, there are also risks and issues like trust, loss of privacy, regulatory violation, data replication, coherency and erosion of integrity, application sprawl, and dependencies, among others. Therefore they realize that rushing things when it comes to Cloud Computing can be a very bad decision. However, ignoring Cloud Computing all together, because of a belief in your ability to secure your own environment better than a service provider ever could, or jumping rapidly into it because the man... (more)

Cloud Computing News: Week 20 to 26 July 2009

This list is a summary of Cloud Computing news that I posted during the past week on Twitter: - Unisys & #CloudComputing: Exclusive Q&A with Rich Marcello http://bit.ly/JmBad (via @cloudnomics) #Security & #Privacy are big concerns... - Sun Microsystems view on #CloudComputing: http://bit.ly/1cm61n - List of advantages of #CloudComputing http://bit.ly/X8mKB (via @CloudMarkets) ME: and list of advantages vs risks: http://bit.ly/oBwga - How is Your Cloud Computing Provider Doing? http://bit.ly/nXWYM (via @cloudysaas) - The tech jobs that the cloud will eliminate... and which become mor... (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)

Cloud Computing Implementation Road-Map

Cloud Expo on Ulitzer Step 1- Determine the Bad and Good "Candidates" for the Cloud First, start by taking a broad look at the applications and other IT resources and systems under your "control" (both existing ones and planned ones); categorize them into mission-critical (i.e., if it goes offline your company will not "survive") and non-mission-critical. Both mission-critical and non-mission-critical can be further sub-categorized into core business practices (those that provide competitive differentiation) and non-core practices (typically internal activities such as HR services... (more)