My Point of View

Cloud computing fairy tale needs a true definition

Nestor wondered what a better system would look like - a solution that was unified and offered flexibility while working towards a common goal. Nestor challenged his IT department to come up with a better solution. After extensive research they suggested: "what if we could instigate a process that would allow for on-demand self-service, a broad network access, resource pooling, rapid elasticity and measured service - would that not allow us to migrate our business over to a 'Cloud-like' computing environment to service providers around the world?"

Nestor and the Workshop's CEO loved the idea, and cloud computing was born.

In a recent Computer Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) survey of IT decision-makers and end-users, 64% said they were planning to increase their investment in cloud computing solutions by more than 5% in 2011, while another 72% plan to expand the type and number of cloud services they are currently using. Ironically, nearly 60% of end-users say a singular definition of the concept is needed, indicating that there is real confusion in the industry of what really constitutes "cloud computing."

The bottom line is that any time there is a seismic shift in how technology is purchased, delivered and consumed, the business model takes time to be sorted out to make sure its implementation is real, not just a fairy tale.

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