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Shedding Light on Cloud Computing - A Free Primer

How to explain Cloud Computing to your boss, spouse or others

Cloud Computing is the most discussed IT innovation of recent times. This Primer provides a structured overview of what Cloud Computing is and what the potential benefits and risks are. In addition it explores how Cloud Computing will impact IT management and IT's role in the organization as a service provider.

It also looks at the risks of Cloud Computing. Risk is consistently cited by CIOs and CFOs as the largest obstacle of cloud computing for their organizations. In this primer we consider the risks in areas such as availability, privacy and regulatory compliance. The booklet explores some of the reasons why organizations want to implement Cloud Computing, to name just a few: cost-savings, increased speed and flexibility and higher performance. It looks at how the Cloud delivers against these expectations and debates its long term viability.

The Cloud Computing Primer also examines various Cloud types such as Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Software as a Service (SaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS). Virtualization, a critical component of Cloud Computing, will be covered in detail while the final chapter of the Cloud Computing Primer looks at the the future and the impact of Cloud Computing on the entire organization . It can be used as a reference and overview tool for anybody who is affected or will be affected or is simply interested in Cloud Computing. No prior in-depth knowledge is required.

Shedding Light on Cloud Computing - A Primer (3.9MB PDF)

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Gregor Petri is a regular expert or keynote speaker at industry events throughout Europe and wrote the cloud primer “Shedding Light on Cloud Computing”. He was also a columnist at ITSM Portal, contributing author to the Dutch “Over Cloud Computing” book, member of the Computable expert panel and his LeanITmanager blog is syndicated across many sites worldwide. Gregor was named by Cloud Computing Journal as one of The Top 100 Bloggers on Cloud Computing.

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