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Meet the cloud: cheap and scalable

Discussion: Thanks to speed, scalability, and price, cloud computing is taking off on a massive scale.  As companies make plans to move into the cloud, experts advise mapping IT needs early for the right cloud strategy.  Microsoft’s Dave Coplin says, “Think of the cloud as a tool, an enabler, you have to think about what you want to have as an outcome.”  If the experts are right, the sky is the limit for cloud computing, but companies need to prepare for a cultural shift as well as a technology shift.

Source: BBC news

Date: March 18, 2011

Link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-12779201

Questions for discussion:

  • Discuss the six tips for companies moving into the cloud.  Why is self-examination so critical?
  • How might cloud computing affect the number of employees needed in an IT department?

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