Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Cloud Computing...Evolutionary Or Revolutionary?

Cloud computing
ZDNet has a great story that asks Is The Enterprise Ready For Cloud Computing?

Some snippets from the story.

Cloud Computing is the most disruptive technology that has come along in a very long time.

Respected technology analysts say it will be bigger than e-Business and it’s potentially a quarter of a trillion dollar market. So, is Cloud Computing a revolution or an evolution?

If you woke up in the morning and read in the Wall Street Journal that an eCommerce company like Overstock.com had stopped using the USPS, UPS, FedEx, DHL, etc. to deliver their goods and, instead, leased airport hubs all over the world, bought a fleet of jets and bought thousands of trucks and started delivering the stuff themselves, you’d think they were out of their minds.

So, why is it not equally insane for financial services companies, health care institutions, manufacturing companies, bio-tech companies, pharmaceutical giants, etc. to be spending a billion dollars or much more every year on information technology infrastructure?

run those applications on massively scalable infrastructure that scales up and down dynamically as needed, using resources on demand, always there when needed and only paying for what is consumed

A Cloud infrastructure done right, behind the corporate firewall, enables the enterprise to run their data centers as metered utilities.

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