Getting to Maybe: How the World Is Changed: Frances Westley, Brenda Zimmerman, Michael Patton
A couple of months ago, Hugh Macleod created a bit of buzz with his blog post The Cloud’s Best Kept Secret. Hugh’s argument: that cloud computing will lead to a huge monopoly. Of course, a couple of weeks ago, Larry Ellison made the opposite point, arguing that salesforce.com is “barely profitable”, and that no one will make much money in cloud computing. Web 2.0 and Cloud Computing - O'Reilly Radar
CIO — For the past few weeks I've been discussing private clouds—clouds devoted to a single entity. The very term private cloud is a bit loaded, in that some people feel that what one is really talking about is an internal cloud that is located in an organization's own data center. Others point out that a dedicated cloud can also be hosted by a hosting provider or an outsourcer; indeed, many hosting providers and outsourcers are scrambling to implement cloud environments, seeing public clouds as a threat that must be answered lest business slip away. [ Read the whole CIO.com series by Bernard Golden on private clouds. See Defining Private Clouds, Part One, Defining Private Clouds, Part Two, The Case For Private Clouds and The Case against Private Clouds. ] My view is that private cloud is probably a better term; however, one must be careful to distinguish the implementation location, as some aspects of a private cloud hosted externally differ from an internal counterpart. The Case For and Against Private Clouds: Conclusion - CIO.com - Business Technology Leadership
Cloud Computing: What Does It Mean For User Experience? A Lot. And It’s All Good. | Usability Counts | User Experience, Social Media Cloud computing is exactly what it sounds like: the usage of services like web servers, database servers and other applications so it’s transparent to the user and developer. The configuration and management is taken care of by a large company (in this case, a Microsoft and Amazon), and they provide all the software and services that are needed to run web applications without any of the maintenance. For the end user, what’s at the other end of the internet connection really doesn’t mean much. Users want the applications that work and are easy to use. Scallability, system architecture and configurations don’t mean much when all you want to do is buy a book. Cloud computing is the hot new topic that’s going to revolutionize how we look and implement applications.
How Cloud Computing Is Changing the World A major shift in the way companies obtain software and computing capacity is under way as more companies tap into Web-based applications At first, just a handful of employees at Sanmina-SCI (SANM) began using Google Apps (GOOG) for tasks like e-mail, document creation, and appointment scheduling. Now, just six months later, almost 1,000 employees of the electronics manufacturing company go online to use Google Apps in place of the comparable Microsoft (MSFT) tools. "We have project teams working on a global basis and to help them collaborate effectively, we use Google Apps," says Manesh Patel, chief information officer of Sanmina-SCI, a company with $10.7 billion in annual revenue.
It is the infrastructural paradigm shift that is sweeping across the Enterprise IT world, but how is it best defined? I refer of course to 'Cloud Computing' - the phenomenon that currently has as many definitions as there are squares on a chess-board. To try and narrow it down we bring here a round-up of some recent attempts to bring welcome precision where there risks being unnecessary vagueness. Enjoy! "What is cloud computing all about? Twenty-One Experts Define Cloud Computing