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Cloud: Changing the Way We Live, Work, Play and Learn

August 8, 2011 - 5 Comments

Cloud is not a passing trend; recent investments into cloud research centers and infrastructure have demonstrated that industries from higher education to governments are taking a serious look at cloud based technology and embracing it as an enabler of networking of the future.

Here are just a few examples of how cloud technology is being used today:

German service provider builds a secure, multitenant cloud for churches and public sector organizations to deliver business applications to millions of end users; enabling customers to dynamically scale resources on demand and accelerated time to market for new services.

Seattle University deploys unified computing and virtual desktop  by converting 20 campus computer labs and over 1500 desktop computers into virtual desktops and as a result decreased operating expenses, prolonged desktop lifecycle, and synced all labs on a uniform software program to ensure faster response times to students, teachers and faculty to help meet educational and administrative needs.

Georgetown University law center extends traditional classrooms to remote students and provides educational and business continuity in the event of disaster.

Cloud computing is complex. Part of the complexity is understanding the long-term success of cloud and dealing with the specific challenges and requirements around the different types of cloud models for your organization’s needs. To get beyond the complexities, cloud service providers and enablers must engage with customers to determine where cloud fits into their business priority list. A cloud migration strategy must consist of an execution plan based on the right cloud journey for the type of organization, their maturity and success goals.

If we can think beyond the trends, and look at the practical applications, what are some other ways that cloud computing can change the way we live, work, play and learn?

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  1. Cloud networking would go down well over here in Thailand But I’m not sure what transpancy vendors could offer over here. Although we aren’t living too far behind the times there is still a lot of room for improvement especially where the internet is concerned. The general infrastructure in Thailand is pretty good it always seems a shame though that technology tends to fall a little behind the other countries in this region
    There has been a constant battle going on between various corporations vying for the rights to bring 3G into the country. It looks like after numerous court cases between politicians, government agencies and the company’s Thailand Lawyers we finally have a winner. Two local telecommunication firms, CAT and TOT have decided to both upgrade their services from 2G to 3G.
    Thailand’s neighboring countries have had 3G for a while now and let’s hope that there won’t be any more squabbling like we’ve seen recently over this or else we are going to get left further behind as the rest of SE Asia ploughs ahead.

  2. As I see it, cloud computing means flexibility and mobility, but most of all it makes us free to work and play no matter where we are. It’s a great concept, but also bit scary – i don’t think we are ready to trust a “cloud” with all our work and most of all personal info.

    • It can’t be a one size fits all approach. Customers need someone who understands their infrastructure complexity and security concerns and can offer a customized approach that includes private clouds for more sensitive data and public or community clouds for less critical data.

  3. I think the acid test for cloud computing will be whether people trust it, from a security standpoint.In the information age people are more aware of the importance of keeping their information secure.

    • I completely agree. Security is a key component and must happen in order to gain trust and confidence in cloud. It’s a combination of following established and common sense security practices and demanding transparency from cloud vendors to clearly understand what safeguards are in place regarding data location, regulatory compliance, user access, data segregation, recovery, privacy, etc.

      Before committing to a cloud vendor, businesses must ask the tough questions and feel confident that the right risk management plans are in place before moving forward.