Understanding Cloud Computing and Cloud Services
Cloud computing and cloud services offer businesses and developers tremendous opportunities to reduce their costs, speed time to market, and provide opportunity for innovative new services by leveraging shared network, computing and storage resources. Not having a cloud strategy in 2010 is like not having a .com strategy in 1998. Not only is it one of the hottest trends technology, its also one of the best business decisions you can make.
Many would argue that “cloud computing” has been around forever, it just wasn’t called the cloud. However, cloud computing differs from traditional hosting services and generally refers to the paradigm of on-demand services or virtualization paid for in a utility style model. Even before it was known as Software as a Service (SaaS), the well-known example of Salesforce.com’s SaaS model changed the industry. Enterprises no longer needed to spend multiple millions of dollars to deploy CRM systems. Rather for a small monthly fee the enterprise could “rent” the software and offer this capability to their teams with little cash outlay and little to no operational overhead. In the business world that is the definition of a win-win situation.
AT&T currently offers the Synaptic Cloud Services providing Storage and Compute as Services. AT&T has created a white paper to help you better understand cloud computing and cloud services; and how this new computing and development paradigm can be used to your benefit. The white paper explains the drivers behind cloud computing, the opportunities, and some items for consideration as you begin to explore if this model is right for you.
You can download the whitepaper at http://developer.att.com/whitepapers.