Cloud book author issues a caution

Cloud computing offers many advantages, including lower corporate infrastructure costs, flexibility and the possibility of improved security.

But not all clouds are the same: There are public clouds, private clouds, hybrid clouds and a variety of cloud providers different groups in your organization demand on having – an ERP cloud provider may not have the CRM tools your sales staff needs, for example.

Yet vendors do their darndest to assure organizations they have all the tools you need in their solution.

In a new book, Cloud Computing: Concepts, Technology & Architecture, co-author Thomas Erl cautions against that. The book takes an exhaustive look at proven and mature cloud computing technologies and practices and puts them into a series of well-defined concepts and models.

Writer Joe McKendrick interviewed him recently, where he warned that vendor lock-in is something organizations have to watch out for.
Thomas has led the development of curricula for the Cloud Certified Professional (CCP) and SOA Certified Professional (SOACP) accreditation programs.

Canadian enterprises slowly turning to cloud: Study

McKendrick’s interview is an opening into what could be a useful book for organizations that have yet to leap into the cloud.


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Howard Solomon
Currently a freelance writer, I'm the former editor of and Computing Canada. An IT journalist since 1997, I've written for several of ITWC's sister publications including and Computer Dealer News. Before that I was a staff reporter at the Calgary Herald and the Brampton (Ont.) Daily Times. I can be reached at hsolomon [@]

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