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Cloud Computing: Out of the Boardroom into the Cloud
Incorporating cloud infrastructure into overall IT strategy
By: Steve Brodie
Oct. 17, 2008 06:00 PM
Cloud computing is taking IT by storm. Companies and departments that have ventured into the cloud have already started enjoying the benefits of reduced costs, and the ability to cost-effectively scale their infrastructure based on demand.
While these early adapters are adjusting to life in the cloud, other companies are still contemplating the shift and working to overcome resistance and speculation from upper-level management. As a result, cloud computing is stuck as a concept in boardroom discussions and has yet to become an IT reality.
The key to making the transition is to prove out cloud services in a way that doesn't pose a major risk to business operations and delivers immediate benefits. Many organizations are looking for a way to test out cloud services before jumping in head first. A good place to start is with low-risk adoption paths such as development and QA, IT ops testing, training, and demo lab environments. These distinct scenarios allow companies to monitor performance before switching over operations entirely.
IT managers who are looking to implement cloud computing into their environment can use the following 10 key efficiencies to justify their cloud initiatives.
Eliminate Infrastructure Constraints on Business
Run Applications Unchanged in the Cloud
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