If we were to pick the IT buzzword of the last two years, it would, without a doubt, be, “cloud computing”. Microsoft is even running advertisements aimed at end users for their cloud-based software. Though there is likely a marketing benefit to using the “cloud” magic word, one of the benefits of cloud computing is that the user doesn’t necessarily need to know or care how the solution is implemented. To the user, it’s just a solution on a remote server.
While it didn’t have a name until 2007, the idea has been around for some time. For instance, Salesforce.com is a cloud-based CRM solution that has been in existence since 1999.
We all are familiar with Google Docs and Google Cloud Connect – Google’s cloud solution.
Visual Studio 2010, once “Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio 2010” has been installed, allows engineers to create projects that directly target Windows Azure – Microsoft’s cloud solution.
Last week, amazon.com’s cloud service experienced an outage. While it shouldn’t be especially surprising that a relatively new technology can fail, it points to the frightening reality of cloud computing is that if your entire enterprise is in the cloud and you lose access to the cloud, you have lost access to your entire enterprise.
When considering potential technologies for your business need, it is important to choose the one that best suits your need, not just whatever is the hottest trend. Cloud computing is here to stay – it isn’t a buzzword that will go the way of extreme coding. But for now, it’s a good idea to have a healthy share of caution.
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