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Seven Things You Should Know About Cloud Computing

July 23, 2009 by Brian Wolff

1. It’s not all-or-nothing move, most will opt for a hybrid approach.
Cloud computing will not necessarily replace a company’s entire infrastructure or serve as a total outsourcing option for data center operations on-site.  Most companies will use the technology in addition to their resources, blending public and private clouds to maximize efficiencies and resources.  I would even argue that companies will begin to adopt different cloud providers for different business functions (i.e. test/dev vs. production environments) because of differing needs and requirements in addition to their on-site resources.

2. Workloads
Some argue that cloud computing is best used for pre-production workloads such as test/dev and storage rather than production.  I’m here to say that some providers are able to handle different workloads better than others.  For example, BlueLock offers 99.99% uptime in the cloud because our clients are enterprise-level companies with mission-critical production environment needs.  They can’t afford the downtime that would be threatened with a provider who can only promise 99.9% or 99.95% uptime.  But similarly, clients who only need test and development models don’t need to pay the premium for a 99.99% uptime cloud environment when they only require 99.9%.

3. One size doesn’t fit all in the cloud
Each company has its own needs and requirements when it comes to their computing environment.  A financial company cannot and should not use the same type of an environment a social media site does.  A cloud computing model or environment must be built to service the specific needs of that client.

4. It’s just a delivery model
Cloud computing isn’t a technology – it’s just a shift in the way the world does IT.  Cloud computing represents a combination of technologies such as SaaS, online storage, and grid or utility computing.

5. It’s for the big guys and the small
Many think cloud computing is just for the SMBs, but many large corporations have jumped on the bandwagon as well.  BlueLock has added on a number of large enterprise clients this year who are using the cloud because it makes the most business sense.  Outside of BlueLock, the market is seeing large companies consume a mix of cloud services – public, private and both.

6. Self-service
Self-service is one of the cornerstones of cloud infrastructure.  Some transactions just don’t require “people” to be there and the logical step was to remove that element in the service.  Therefore, the self-service aspect of cloud computing is a huge step in automation and cuts costs on both the buyer and seller sides of the hosting business.

7. Standardization
Cloud computing is highly touted for its ability to create efficiencies by cutting out the capital expenses and transferring those to lower operating expenses (subscription or pay-per-use model) and for its on-demand benefits.  But that’s not the big picture – cloud computing allows people all over the world to access, connect and work smarter, faster, better. 

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