Designing applications for the cloud

Grazed from PublicTechnology. Author: Simon Hansford.

These days, cloud is one of the most over used terms in the computing industry. Many products and services that have existed for years have been renamed or refreshed to incorporate the word cloud to benefit from the cache, or the increased stock market value, that the term brings.

Most IT professionals will recognise the National Institute of Standards Technology (NIST) Definition of cloud computing with three services models (Platform-as-a-Service, Infrastructure-as-a-Service and Software-as-a-Service), four deployment models and five essential characteristics...

Both these IT professionals and their business colleagues, will have been inundated with marketing messages, case studies and proof points that reinforce that cloud computing will increase availability, reduce costs and improve the quality of IT. Hence, any surveys that attempt to understand how widely cloud computing is understood, rather than where, when and how much it is used, will lead IT organisations to believe that there is a deep understanding of cloud computing and no further training or education on the subject is needed...

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