The future is cloudy
Despite the apparent attractions of the cloud, Ireland’s Chief Information Officers (CIOs) remain cautious about adoption, according to the findings of the two most recent Deloitte CIO surveys.
The past decade has seen a seismic shift in computing. Cloud computing is being talked about by everyone and appearing on every prediction list. Why? Simply because cloud computing is the biggest thing since the Internet. Displaying all the characteristics of a disruptive technology, creating new markets and radically transforming existing markets within the IT world, cloud computing is grabbing the attention of the business world
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in the US has created an official definition of cloud computing after several years of work and 15 working drafts: “Cloud computing is a model for enabling ubiquitous, convenient, on demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g. networks, servers, storage, applications and services) that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction.”
When you strip away the technical jargon, cloud computing basically means you can have anytime, anywhere computing. It is a means of providing applications and services over the Internet without having to understand the underlying technology. Cloud computing is not a product; it is an IT delivery model that delivers IT in a much more efficient way.