You’re probably sick of hearing how cloud computing is going to revolutionise IT. Wade through the promotional blurb of most vendors, and you’d be forgiven for thinking the
cloud was less a utility model, more like a binary version of the second coming.
Yes there are incredible savings to be made by harnessing the pooled resources of the true cloud. But much of the cloud offering remains very hazy.
Advances in computing are never as definitive as people like to make out, and immature services invariably arrive on a wind of hype, mistruth and trouble. The cloud has all this in spades, yet every IT vendor is still clamouring to stick the word ‘cloud’ next to their product.
The Channel Islands aren’t immune to the noise. In fact they suffer worse than most. A surprising number of local ‘cloud’ services have sprung up to exploit the buzz. But let’s not beat around the bush here the wrong choice could seriously harm your business.
One of the worst aspects of excessive hype is that the real benefits of the cloud get lost
in the noise. A sensible look at the technology shows that the cloud has plenty to offer.
Essential Characteristics of the Cloud (Source: NIST.gov)
I have put together a paper around this subject, it is intended to stimulate debate about the sort of cloud services that should be being offered to local companies.