To Cloud, or not to Cloud
There isn’t an IT professional who doesn’t have his or her “head in the cloud”, or is at least thinking about it, almost every day.
There is so much press on ‘cloud’ that it is almost an assumption that it is the right approach for everyone. ‘…It’s the latest thing! And if you’re not already in the cloud, you better have a plan to get there tomorrow…’
An article posted on Network World suggests a more pragmatic approach.
In it, writer and CIO, Thor Olavsrud, references a checklist that White and Briggs of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) suggest for determining whether a cloud-based solution is right for your application. Specifically:
- Predictable pricing: Subscriber incurs a charge only when consuming resources, based on subscription and usage, not on perpetual licensing or allocation
- Ubiquitous network access: The service is available wherever and whenever the network is available–enterprise network for private cloud, Internet for public cloud
- Resource pooling and location independence: Multi-tenant, with shared resources that the subscriber cannot explicitly partition or specify
- Self-service: Users can directly access the service, provisioning is on-demand, and services are readied in near-real-time
- Elasticity of supply: Ability to scale up or down to meet resource demands, with seemingly limitless upper bounds
White and Briggs suggest that if your solution could benefit from all 5 attributes, then cloud is potentially a good fit.
The article also elaborates that even if you decide to move forward with a cloud solution, it does not mean that all data will (or should) be housed in the cloud. More likely, IT professionals will have the challenging opportunity to link private and public clouds together.
See the full article here.
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