Cloud computing definitions vary, expert says
Sunday, April 29, 2012
While many organizations are turning to cloud computing solutions to improve their database performance, the technology may mean different things to different departments.
Computerworld contributor Chris Poelker recently suggested that the financial explanation for the cloud's value is that businesses no longer have to stress over capital expenditures. Companies can now outsource their entire IT infrastructure to a third-party vendor if they choose and leverage the cloud as an operational expense.
The technological advantage of cloud computing is that applications are virtualized by vendors and service providers, rather than end users, according to the writer.
"Virtualization is the key to cloud computing, and the resulting unified networks, servers and storage can be packaged into repeatable building blocks, which are used to build out the private or public cloud infrastructure," Poelker wrote.
A recent SYS-CON Media report also highlighted the importance of virtualization and cloud computing. According to the news source, a successful virtualization deployment can help companies lower their IT costs, improve their operational agility and prepare their IT infrastructure for a move to cloud computing.