In the previous two weeks, I wrote about why the cloud is important to you
as a business leader and provided some rationale for economic justification
of cloud adoption.
Over the next three weeks, I will take apart the three key components that
comprise the cloud: infrastructure, platform and software as a service. Each
is delivered as a cloud-based service. With an understanding of these
components, you will be able to keep your eyes and ears open for
opportunities to significantly impact your organization's top and bottom
The main topic of this week and the most fundamental component of the cloud
is infrastructure as a service (IaaS). This component refers to all the
elements of delivering a Web-based service including servers, Internet
connectivity, transport routing and sometimes higher-level functions for
enhanced performance and scalability.
The bottom ... (more)
When my friend who works at an electronics retail store emphatically affirmed
he knew what cloud computing was, it made me both nervous and excited.
Cloud computing is becoming a ubiquitous concept. It has mass-market
implications for the technology industry, and it is advancing at speeds
rarely seen with any major technological evolution.
As a business leader, do you know why cloud computing is important to you?
What parts of your business should you be migrating to the cloud? Do you know
what you don't know about cloud computing?
First, cloud computing is about reducing complexity.... (more)
In my last post, I began dissecting cloud computing into its three primary
components: infrastructure last week, platform this week and software as a
service next week.
Platform as a service (PaaS) refers to the tools used to build software
applications (software programs) in the cloud. Think of it as a cloud-based
development environment for building and managing software applications.
These custom-built applications are then hosted on infrastructure as a
For example, whereas Microsoft .Net is a traditional type of development
platform, a product like WorkXpress ... (more)
Historically, when an organization needed software, it had two basic paths:
buy something already built and use it as-is or build from scratch.
Both paths have been fraught with peril, as witnessed by the 2009 CHAOS
report that showed only 32 percent of projects being successfully completed
and nearly one in four projects cancelled before completion.
The problem with deploying pre-built software is that it is rigid and
inflexible. Software builders didn't anticipate the processes your
organization developed to meet customer needs and be successful. What's more,
they had no plans to... (more)
On paper, there is nothing particularly special about the Apple iPad, which
is scheduled to arrive in retail stores Saturday.
Its performance and size are good but not revolutionary. By Apple’s own
admission, it’s similar to a netbook — a downsized laptop whose purpose
is to run browser-based or other light applications.
Because it’s Apple, the iPad will be more compact, user friendly, stylish
and come with a salty price tag.
But here’s why the iPad is important: It’s the next step in
Increasingly, we are lost without access to a computer and the Inter... (more)