Cloud will continue to be in the IT spotlight, and the beam will only get brighter. As the conversation continues, I am finding a few questions continue to be asked as customers try to cut through the hype and figure out what cloud means for them.

These include: From where did it come? What is it really? How can I get started? What are the risks? And where is it going?

Cloud is both new and old at the same time in many ways. It can be looked at as the latest instantiation of computing at its simplest form. When you look at what we’re doing in data centres today with cloud computing, you can actually go all the way back and trace the roots to the early days of computing. Sure, there are new elements and areas of focus such as rapid elasticity and metered service.

But many of the constructs are not new. At the end of the day, there are still a server, storage, and a networking layer providing connectivity and of course applications running, and governance and security policies that need to be applied. Hence, truly, in many ways cloud is just the newest instantiation of the data centre, of IT. What is new is how we are bundling and applying the elements uniformly across the IT landscape.

So, the promise of cloud in terms of business agility is great. Cloud has the potential to synchronise IT and the business in ways not possible before. Getting started on the journey to cloud requires that you take a simple first step and begin mapping out the trip.

"Cloud computing is going to continue to be increasingly pervasive in our lives; the number will only grow and their importance will grow too"

Cloud Paper

In our latest services paper, we explore and answer key questions about the Cloud including:

  • What are the five concepts of Cloud?
  • Is Cloud suited to your business?
  • How do you cope with risk, mitigation and change?
  • What is the Cisco point of view?
  • How partners are the enabler
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