How much cloud computing do you need in 2011?

We are now firmly in the "cloud computing" age and most of us have at least some of our computing in the cloud.

  • So how much of your computing are you going to put into the cloud?

  • What is your target?

  • 100%? Do you want to have your computing life living in hyperspace so you can access it from anywhere at any time?

  • What questions will you need to ask cloud suppliers?

  • Who's cloud are you going to use?

  • Can the cloud meet 100% of your requirements?


  • There are lot of questions and these are questions that I have been asking and solving in IT for over 20 years. The cloud gives IT professionals a massive opportunity to bring to bear their experience in a new arena made possible by the march to super-fast internet from all locations.

    During 2011 I will be looking at the new challenges that the cloud gives business, I will be looking at the ways to successfully implement a cloud strategy along the way we will have some fun looking at cloud failures and celebrate cloud successes.

    So how much cloud computing do you need?

    Regards
    Julian Lewis - Julian@positivecomputing.com

    Julian Lewis is Managing Director of Positive Computing a supplier of IT support and consultancy based in Reading, Berkshire. Julian blogs on IT and how computing meets the needs of businesses in the SME sector. www.positivecomputing.com.

Andreas Edler

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How much cloud computing do you need in 2011?

I would recommend to add another question: What type of cloud does your business model need? Is your demand more or less constant, you could simply go for a virtual dedicated hosting model, which often is cheaper. If it's random or you're having heavy spikes in usage, some elastic cloud services may be better. Regards, Andreas

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Ann Andrews CSP

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How much cloud computing do you need in 2011?

I'm investigating cloud. I had a major melt-down on my PC where I had way too m uch stuff stored - managed to get most of it back but lost some valuable stuff - so I will watch this blog with intterst - ann Sign up Powertools; a regular supply of tips and tools for growing your business and you will receive 5 Truly Inspiring e-books as our gift to you. Ann Andrews CSP The Corporate Tool-box Online Business and Training Resources

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Eric Sutherland

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How much cloud computing do you need in 2011?

Hi Julian, I will be 50:50 and expect that might increase. Currently Beta Testing MS Office 365 and finding some interesting things out. With 20+ years in IT Contracting as Business Process Analyst, Technical Author, Trainer and having worked across 7 different industry sectors. There are lots of apps that cloud computing would enable and allow external Users to access. Enabling layered IT Security. Regards Eric Sutherland T/A Trog Associates Ltd View Storefront View 20% of each book Business Networking on ecademy Marketplace Author and Publisher Services Q & A on my Blog Skype Id: eric.sutherland1 Know Me for the knowledge I have in doing Business Process Analysis and Business and Technical Writing Like Me because I am willing to share my knowledge Follow Me so I can help you to be better at using my knowledge

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Julian Lewis

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How much cloud computing do you need in 2011?

All, Thank you for your comments. I will be exploring all of this in future blogs. Cloud computing is a trendy term for hosted services/solutions and has been around for a long time. It is only now that super fast and reliable(?) internet connections are more normal has it become a real alternative for companies. There are many pitfalls however and its not the answer to everything that some (mainly those selling cloud solutions) say it is. These things tend to go in circles and its for me and other people with my experience to advise companies as to where they should be on that circle depending on their business needs at the time. Regards Julian.

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Andrew Field

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How much cloud computing do you need in 2011?

Julian...my earlier comment was a touch rhetorical....there is some difference in the meaning of the term cloud computing, apparently. From my 'third world' perspective, Michael Heany is actually spot on, but here from a slightly different perspective...communication and speed of access to the host site. Not only can the host site (application and storage medium) cut you off and lose you control of your business or interest, but third party suppliers of bandwidth in southern Africa are often inefficient or inexperienced to the level needed for constant supply of data flow needed for the concept. This is apparently quite a vogue subject in Europe, where communications are a lot better.

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Michael Heaney

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How much cloud computing do you need in 2011?

of course, if you miss a payment or the service provider decides to cut you off without any notice your whole business can evaporate at the flick of a switch. All those businesses relying on skype,Amazon,paypal, visa and Mastercard have demonstrated that total reliance on third parties is a high risk strategy just like outsourcing any of your key competencies Michael Heaney Benchwhistler Associates Ltd Planned People Maintenance - Enhancing the Performance of your most important asset www.benchwhistler.com Know Better

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Stella Holman "The Connector"

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How much cloud computing do you need in 2011?

Julian, I love the concept of "Cloud Computing" after experiencing computer problems sometime back, i created my business services so that they could be utalized from any PC, Laptop or Ipad that had a fast Internet connection in any location. I believe it is a good move to educate businesses to use these facilities. Best wishes Stella Holman-TheConnector . Please share your IT Expertise! Let me help you make new contacts - Join the CONNECTOR-TRADING CLUB #CONNECTOR-TRADING GROUP Twitter and Facebook Marketing http://plancast.com/stellaholman Social Media Assistant -UK Representative - Geert Conard Management Solutions UK Agent for BGifts | Belgian Gifts & Incentives Amazing luxury vacations at discounted prices - Find out about Dream Trips - International Holiday Club

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Andrew Field

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How much cloud computing do you need in 2011?

Julian...lets start by defining 'cloud computing' for we thicker types knocking around here...geesh next I'll be signing up for a digital coaching course. With a passion as warm as the rising African Sun Andrew Blogs at South of the Africa Equator Twitter: @zimbandrew - find me, follow me LinkedIn: Andrew Field - link up there too Harare, Zimbabwe

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Peter Syme

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How much cloud computing do you need in 2011?

Started moving towards it just over 2 years ago now all our systems are on the cloud, reservations,crm, accounting, operations Productivity gains are huge Regards Peter

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