Testing the Cloud

October 24, 2011 No Comments

SOURCE:  Virtual-Strategy Magazine

Those who have been in the IT game for some time have become accustomed to “hype” topics that all too quickly evaporate once we discover that they cannot solve ALL of our problems. While the catchy name of “cloud computing” smacks of yet another hype topic, for once, the hype is matching the reality.

One of the reasons for this is that cloud computing is nothing new, but builds on the well-established hosted services business of the last many years. What’s different about cloud computing is the scope and ambition for what can be hosted, causing enterprises to reconsider entrenched perceptions of IT best practice.

With hosted services, the emphasis was on providing remote access to applications running at a data center consolidating many applications for many customers. This provided access to economies of scale that would be otherwise difficult to achieve for individual customers.

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