A Quick Start Guide to Cloud Computing: Moving Your Business into the Cloud

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  • Copyright: 2010-11-28
  • Publisher: Kogan Page Ltd
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The latest jargon in the digital world, "cloud computing" leaves many small-business owners scratching their heads. At its simplest, cloud computing enables businesses to do away with servers and much of their other IT hardware by running their software online. Web-based email programs like Yahoo or Hotmail are examples of cloud-based applications; Microsoft is making its entire Office suite available free in the cloud; Google and others also have productivity suites in the cloud. Dr. Williams eschews the jargon and marketing hype generated by IT vendors and helps business owners think clearly about how cloud computing could help improve their business. He addresses fears related to data security and business continuity and also examines how cloud computing can impact a business's carbon footprint. Case studies explain how businesses such as Dell and The New York Times have used cloud computing to their advantage.

Author Biography

Mark Williams is an experienced IT professional.  His company Pensar serves mostly small businesses with technological services.

Table of Contents

About this bookp. vi
About the authorp. ix
Acknowledgementsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
What is cloud computing?p. 3
Three layers of computingp. 4
Defining cloud computingp. 6
Essential characteristicsp. 7
Three service modelsp. 10
Four deployment modelsp. 16
When is a cloud not a cloud?p. 17
Twelve adoption scenariosp. 18
Quick technology tipsp. 18
Summaryp. 22
Key summary pointsp. 23
Question and activityp. 24
Benefits of cloud computingp. 25
Financial benefitsp. 26
Technological benefitsp. 28
Operational features and benefitsp. 30
Environmental benefitsp. 33
Competitive advantagep. 35
Summaryp. 37
Key summary pointsp. 37
Question and activityp. 38
Risks of cloud computingp. 39
Internal security risksp. 40
External security risksp. 43
Data protection risksp. 45
Cloud outagesp. 47
Data lossp. 49
Vendor lock-inp. 50
Vendor failurep. 52
Risk calculatorp. 52
Summaryp. 54
Key summary pointsp. 54
Question and activityp. 55
Case studiesp. 57
SaaS case studiesp. 58
PaaS case studiesp. 64
IaaS case studiesp. 66
Size matters in the cloudp. 67
Summaryp. 74
Key summary points, question and activityp. 75
Choosing a providerp. 77
The crowded cloud marketplacep. 78
Client referencesp. 82
Service level agreementsp. 83
Service costsp. 90
Processes, practices and standardsp. 97
Summary and checklistp. 97
Key summary points and checklistp. 98
Question and activityp. 99
Moving into the cloudp. 101
Investigationp. 102
Evaluationp. 107
Decisionp. 109
Implementationp. 110
Iterationp. 114
Summaryp. 115
Key summary pointsp. 115
Question and activityp. 116
Conclusionp. 117
Obstacles to adoptionp. 118
Predictionsp. 119
Top ten tipsp. 121
Glossaryp. 123
Referencesp. 135
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