Cloud: What an Enterprise Must Know

The term “cloud computing” can have many different meanings to various organizations. IT executives are beginning to widely adopt the technology, even though there is still some confusion of the technology. Cloud computing isn’t just one component or solution; rather, it’s a combination of underlying pieces all put together to help the delivery of data and information to the end-user or system. Whether an organization is deploying an IaaS-based cloud platform or utilizing the resources that a PaaS can provide – it’s important to know and understand the key differences.

In this white paper from Cisco cloud computing is further defined and broken down into easy-to-understand subsections. In working with cloud computing, deployment methodologies will differ based on the goals of the organization. This white paper outlines the following cloud service and deployment models and where they fit into a use-case:

  • Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)
  • Platform as a Service (PaaS)
  • Software as a Service (SaaS)
  • Private Clouds
  • Public Clouds
  • Hybrid Clouds
  • Community Clouds

Furthermore, there needs to be a clear understanding of the challenges and benefits of moving towards a cloud model. There are times when an organization will need to reduce CapEx or OpEx numbers – this is where cloud computing can really help out. On the other hand, organizations must be aware of security and compliance issues, based on their industry. Download Cloud: What an Enterprise Must Know to see how cloud computing isn’t really a “one-size-fits-all” platform. Rather, organizations need to know how to approach the cloud and see how it will help them grow.

In Cloud: What an Enterprise Must Know, we are given a clear vision of some use-cases for cloud computing and what leaders like Cisco bring to the table. Some of the cloud technology concepts covered include:

  • Cisco’s Enterprise Cloud Gateway
  • Data Center Virtualization
  • Borderless Networks
  • Risk Control and Mitigation.

There’s little argument that cloud computing will continue to evolve. Cloud: What an Enterprise Must Know helps explains how cloud computing can seamlessly fit into an organizational business model. Furthermore, this whitepaper helps explain how cloud computing can intelligently align with a company’s business and IT goals. Click here to download this white paper.

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About the Author

Kevin Normandeau, is a veteran of the technology publishing industry having worked at a variety of technology sites including PC World; AOL Computing; Network World; and International Data Group (IDG). Kevin lives in Massachusetts with his wife and two sons. When he is not in front of the computer (which is most of the time) he likes to get out to ski, hike and mountain bike.

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  1. My best estimate is only since 2012 has any significant portion of the US population of either pc's, mobile devices, etc. have become aware of "cloud computing". If true, and still in infant stage even at the corporate level then it seems like an incredible investment opportunity. Would you agree? Are there emerging leaders who provide cloud computing to all or a majority of the end users noted above? Thank You

  2. Camilla

    Excellent article, especially Cloud computing is increasingly popular worldwide. BTW, if you are looking for fast and reliable replication and synchronization between cloud services (like, Evernote Google Docs), please check out CloudHQ

  3. It is funny how many times we comes across clients who do not communicate within their org about IT objectives. For example, marketing signs up with Amazon for the public facing website and then calls IT when there is a problem and IT has no clue. IMHO, every involved dept within a company needs to be on the same page before an outsourced cloud option can be considered.