May 9th, 2011 by Mike Dickson
A lot is written today about the risks and benefits of Cloud Computing. The truth is, both the benefits and risks of Cloud Computing can be very substantial.
In a previous blog I ask the question “Why would [The Cloud] be a good thing for your business?” So let’s break it down. In the end, it’s all about risks and benefits. The benefits can earn or save you a lot of money, and the risks could end up costing money, lost business, or damaged reputation. The challenge is to move only appropriate applications into a Cloud computing environment in a careful, informed, and safe manner.
Let’s start out with a common understanding of Cloud computing. Cloud computing makes it easier for employees, customers, and business partners to access and use computing services or resources from wherever they are – generally over the Internet. The services or resources that are made available could be software, infrastructure, process, or platform based. Indeed, some Cloud Service Providers can provide all of these services while others may only offer one or a few. It is critical that you understand what capabilities a potential Cloud Service Provider is offering. Just as the types of available services vary, so does the type of cloud. Common cloud types include:
Best of breed cloud environments usually have the following technical foundations in common: They are built on 1.) virtualization technologies that allow for running more applications or storing more data on fewer computers, 2.) web 2.0 application architecture, 3.) grid computing architecture which divides processing among multiple computers to increase speed and scalability, 4.) access to broadband Internet for very high data flow speeds, and 5.) service-oriented architecture so that multiple systems work and appear like an integrated service.
In conclusion, only after understanding the risks and associated benefits can you make an informed decision. Below are my suggested keys to a safe Cloud Computing experience.
KEYS TO SAFE CLOUD COMPUTING
How is your business using Cloud Computing? If you have questions, please leave a comment or contact me directly.