The Server-Side Pad

by Fabien Tiburce, Best practices and personal experiences with enterprise software

Cloud Computing Open for Business

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It wasn’t so long ago that I wrote about the promise and the shortcomings of cloud computing.    This model which allows businesses to run their operation on a shared computing infrastructure and only pay for the resources they use has quickly become very compelling.  Technically, many of the earlier limitations (limited OS choice, no background threads) have been eliminated.  Operationally, cloud computing allows a business to focus on software and features, not setting up and maintaining hardware.  Financially, the pay per use model alleviates the need to buy extra capacity for peak-periods.  The monthly costs involved are similar to lease payments on the hardware alone, with the bandwidth and hydro charges thrown in.  Unless an organization has an existing infrastructure with untapped capacity, or unless the nature of the business doesn’t allow data to be stored remotely (or in the United States), cloud computing is, in my mind, a very compelling option for go-forward web deployments.

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Written by Compliantia

December 5, 2008 at 2:25 pm

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