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The cloud can offer transformation to businesses, but for maximum impact it must be integrated with existing IT
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The article implies that IT will continue to play a major role in businesses. When it comes to either a Private or a Hybrid cloud I agree, in fact I am sure that most biusinesses will opt for one of these options. Nonetheless, startups and / or businesses with low security requirements will position themselves to take advantage of the low costs associated with the Public cloud.
"When it comes to cloud computing there are two common pitfalls that businesses tend to fall into: over-estimating its power and under-estimating its potential effect. The former often leaves businesses under-provisioning for their infrastructure, trying to push their entire IT estate into a single platform rather than using cloud computing as part of the larger IT strategy. Meanwhile, many businesses also find themselves under-estimating the potential of the cloud. Merely lifting your IT environment into the cloud may offer some savings (in time or resource), but it's not going to be the IT 'revolution' that many are expecting."
Concerns over vendor lock-in and performance tend to increase after cloud adoption, finds a Computing survey
34% reluctant (or ignorant about their real usages)...
Cloud Services - Nice infographic provided courtesy of Aerohive Networks Surveying 200 IT professionals, notable stats include:
Cloud computing is going to go through big changes in 2012, say Forrester analysts James Staten and Lauren E. Nelson.