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Weighing the Risks and Benefits of Cloud Computing

  
  
  

It is not a trivial task to migrate systems, data and users to a new system and especially one that exists in the cloud. However, companies that do so successfully achieve visibility into spending on cloud resources and manage the lifecycle for each instance, gain the ability to scale IT infrastructure capacity to meet increased demand, without capex resource costs,  and do not have to spend time waiting for IT resource.  Moreover the cloud enables companies to pay only for what it consumes, leaving it free to focus on its primary business.  A cloud based environment can also allow companies to better handle a challenging economy by providing greater business agility in terms of rapidly expansion or contraction IT capabilities.

Cloud Data Services and The Day of Reckoning

  
  
  

Sorry to start the year off with such an ominous title, but one thing I like to think about is how cloud services will change our way of life. They will initially change it for the better but once customers begin using high-volume data services in the cloud they will realize that there are parts of the service they may find missing or incomplete for some aspects of their business. Users may find that they need a “historical record” of their content should an ediscovery event occur in their life.

Why we need a Cloud Data Services “Cable Box”

  
  
  

What we need to get wider adoption of cloud data services (either computing or storage services) is a “cloud cable box” that is “data aware”.  We all have a “cable box” that deals with the network that supplies television, data services, etc. to our homes. My thought is that we need this same kind of simple “de-mark” (as the network guys would say) to enable true “Cloud Services”.

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