Unlocking The Mystery of
Cloud computing is more than a service sitting in some remote data center. It’s a set of
approaches that can help organizations quickly, effectively add and subtract resources in almost real time. Unlike
other approaches, the cloud is as much about the business model as it is about technology.
Companies clearly understand that technology is at the heart of how they operate their businesses. Business
executives have long been frustrated with the complexities of getting their computing needs met quickly and cost
effectively. In a sense, cloud computing has started to become mainstream because these business executives have
forced the issue into the forefront.
Cloud computing isn’t a quick fix. It requires a lot of thought: Which approach is most appropriate for your
company? For example, companies have to decide if they want to use public (external) cloud services or if they want
to have private clouds behind their firewalls. How should you architect your internal environment to support the
The cloud environment itself requires a strong foundation of best practices in software development, software
architecture, and service management foundations. This strong foundation is especially important because most
organizations combine public and private cloud services. You want to be informed before you start your search. We
think this book will give you the context to make informed decisions.
INTRODUCING THE CLOUD EXPERT REPORT SERIES
The phrase cloud computing implies something, but what? In this series of
reports we introduce the concept and provide a simple graphic that describes the layers of cloud computing. We also
examine the value that the cloud can bring to your organization and look at some of the associated business
UNDERSTANDING THE CLOUD EXPERT REPORT SERIES
What’s inside the cloud? In this series of reports we examine a highly scaled
computing environment. Because that environment is front and center, we look at the technical foundation for this
model, including workloads and data services.
EXAMINING THE CLOUD ELEMENTS EXPERT REPORT SERIES
The As a Service model is a fundamental cloud concept. In this series of
reports we dive headfirst into these services: software, platform, and infrastructure. This dive includes examining
the massive scalability required to support cloud services.
MANAGING THE CLOUD EXPERT REPORT SERIES
Using a cloud model doesn’t mean giving away responsibility for your corporate
assets. Security, governance, and standards, for example, are all critical aspects. In these reports we explore
what it takes to manage the cloud.
PLANNING FOR THE CLOUD EXPERT REPORT SERIES
There’s more to cloud computing than technology. Planning is a critical part of
any cloud computing endeavor. In this series of reports we look at economics and suggest some ways of starting your