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The 3 Reasons to Think Different in the Cloud

October 14, 2011 No Comments

I’m always amazed when I hear everyone’s varying takes on cloud computing. For some, there’s a profit motive, such as with technology providers spinning into cloud computing. For others, such as enterprise IT, it’s the ability to brag about their cloud computing projects. However, in many cases, nothing really changes other than labels.

I assert that real cloud computing is not just a way of doing computing, but a way of thinking about computing that’s different from traditional approaches, specifically in terms of sharing, trusting, and accounting.

[ In the data center today, the action is in the private cloud. InfoWorld’s experts take you through what you need to know to do it right in our “Private Cloud Deep Dive” PDF special report. | Also check out our “Cloud Security Deep Dive,” our “Cloud Storage Deep Dive,” and our “Cloud Services Deep Dive.” ]

The fundamental tenet of cloud computing is that we share resources, including storage, processing, and development tools. Thus, the model is not just virtualization or remote hosting, it’s the ability to manage thousands of tenants simultaneously in the same physical hardware environment. The obvious benefit of this aspect of cloud computing is the economy of scale and, thus, much lower operational costs.

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