Cloud’s popularity still means it needs careful thought

Where will cloud computing stop?

It seems as if there’s an inexhaustible supply of software-infrastructure-platform-everything as a service offerings, with more appearing every hour.

And why not, with the advantages including flat fees and no hardware-software investment by enterprises needed.

According to a survey of 1,400 readers of IDG publications for its IT-related news titles, some 44 per cent of IT budgets are being spent on cloud computing. Respondents believe that will go up to 51 per cent by 2015.

The report is outlined here in WhaTech.

The news also comes around the same time as Gartner research director Gregor Petri globs that the diversity of cloud offerings also complicates the strategies of organizations. While all share the same idea, each has its own characteristics, he notes. And some are more mature than others. That’s one reason why enterprises find it hard to agree on a cloud strategy, he notes.

His blog is here.

There are a number of things to keep in mind when choosing a cloud service including whether there a privacy concerns (where will data reside, will it need to be encrypted), speed (if access is through a VPN it might not be an advantage for those on the road) as well as price.

In short, cloud strategies still have to be well-considered.

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Howard Solomon
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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