Article Written by David Marshall
Cloud computing is absolutely one of those words that shows up on everyone's "Tech Buzzword Bingo" cards. Even so, that shouldn't and doesn't negate the fact that cloud computing is driving innovation across many industries and will continue to provide a significant impact on revenue in the coming years.
But like so many things in life, it isn't all good all the time. So what's the good, the bad and the ugly?
Cloud computing has a number of benefits. By working in the cloud, a company can easily expand their ability to store information; they can reduce IT staff or reallocate head count to higher level tasks; it shifts things to a "pay for what you use" mentality and provides the ability to burst to cover peak demand as needed; and for those watching the wallet, it helps companies cut long-term costs and move IT charges from capital expenses to operational expenses, making forecasting and budgeting easier. Another benefit is the availability of information from any location, on any platform of technology. In the end, by adding public cloud into the mix, even small organizations can achieve a better business continuity plan.
And don't forget, integrating change with your employees may result in one of two outcomes: people will embrace the change (nirvana) or they will react negatively to those changes as if they are pure evil and you are out to get them personally.
In the end, the important thing is to analyze whether the benefits of moving to some form of cloud computing outweigh the risks for you and your organization.
About the Author
David Marshall is an industry recognized virtualization and cloud computing expert, a seven time recipient of the VMware vExpert distinction, and has been heavily involved in the industry for the past 16 years. To help solve industry challenges, he co-founded and helped start several successful virtualization software companies such as ProTier, Surgient, Hyper9 and Vertiscale. He also spent a few years transforming desktop virtualization while at Virtual Bridges.
David is also a co-author of two very popular server virtualization books: "Advanced Server Virtualization: VMware and Microsoft Platforms in the Virtual Data Center" and "VMware ESX Essentials in the Virtual Data Center" and the Technical Editor on Wiley's "Virtualization for Dummies" and "VMware VI3 for Dummies" books. David also authored countless articles for a number of well known technical magazines, including: InfoWorld, Virtual-Strategy and TechTarget. In 2004, he founded the oldest independent virtualization and cloud computing news site, VMblog.com, which he still operates today.
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