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Articles on Cloud Computing and Analytics_Paul Barsch

Articles on Cloud Computing and Analytics_Paul Barsch

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CLOUDCOMPUTING
SMART DATA COLLECTIVEARTICLE COLLECTION
Cloud computing. Some argue it‘s nothing more than a
re-dressed virtualization trend from the 1960s. Otherssay cloud is the same concept as computer
 ―timesharing‖ 
and that analysts and pundits should move along as
there‘s nothing new here. That‘s pure
hogwash.Think of cloud as a service of computational power,
storage and more, much like the service you‘d get from
a utility company. The cloud allows you to plug into arequired capability
—whether it‘s for print servers or
analytics.Cloud computing is typically available on a metered basiswhen demanded, and can be accessed via self-servicemethods
simply plug in via a portal and access what
you need. And it‘s delivered via a host of technologies,
software, processes, devices and physical locations that
power this ―service‖.
 This collection includes articles on cloud computingconcepts, trends, delivery models and challenges. Allarticles are written by Paul Barsch, a technologymarketing executive at a $2.4B analytics company basedin the United States.
ABOUT THEAUTHOR
Fortune 500marketing director Paul Barsch hasworked in technologyfor fifteen years atcompanies such as:
TerayonBroadband
BearingPointManagementConsulting
HP EnterpriseServices
TeradataConnect with him onTwitter  Or  LinkedIn 
 
 
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS
a Good Pick for Mid-Sized Businesses ............................................... 6Will Pay Per Use Pricing Become the Norm? ......................................................................................... 9Everything But Faster .......................................................................................................................... 11Private Clouds are here to stay ............................................................................................................ 13Top Financial Risks of Cloud Computing ............................................................................................. 16Want Cloud Success? Aim for Simplicity.............................................................................................. 18Private Clouds for Analytics OVER Public Clouds ................................................................................ 20 Are Public Clouds Hurtling Towards Disaster? ..................................................................................... 21Could Your Cloud Platform Become a Competitor? ............................................................................. 23Is Bigger, Better in Cloud Computing? ................................................................................................. 25From Complexity to Simplicity in the Cloud .......................................................................................... 27Should Public Clouds Be Considered Complex Environments? ........................................................... 29Will Cloud Computing Change Your Business Model? ......................................................................... 31 ABCs of Elasticity: Always Be (Thinking) Cloud .................................................................................. 33CLOUD NOT JUST ABOUT COST SAVINGS ..................................................................................... 35Moving to public cloud? Do the Math First ........................................................................................... 37CAPEX FOR IT
 
 
 
WHERE IS THE CLOUD?
 
Published November 19, 2012
When the term ―cloud computing‖ comes to mind, it’s fair to say that most people
think of it as some nebulous group of computers in the sky delivering content to
mobile devices and workstations whenever it’s required. How far off is that definition, and where exactly is ―the cloud‖? 
 
Image courtesy of Flickr. By M Hooper
I
n a dusty corner of San Antonio, Texas, the cloud is about to come to life. As aMicrosoft corporate VP takes a shovel and firmly plants it into the soil, she
proclaims; ―The cloud is not the cloud in the sky, it‘s what we are about to breakground on (right here).‖*
 
That‘s because San Antonio, Prineville (OR), Quincy (W
ash), among many othercities across the globe, are now host to massive data centers filled with tens of thousands of blinking computers owned by Microsoft, Rackspace, Facebook,Amazon and others.Imagine this: racks upon racks of Intel based servers. Multi-colored wires  networked from computer to computer. Huge vaults of pipes for cooling and air-conditioning massive computer farms. A few sleepy network engineers scurryingfrom machine to machine checking connections. Is this the cloud?
Thomas M. Koulopoulos, author of ―
‖ says that‘s part of the story. ―(The cloud is) is a heavily monitored, fortified, and secure array of computers
that are built with the objective of securing data with multiple layers of physical
and cyber security,‖ he says. But those asking ‗where‘s the cloud‘ aren‘t asking theright question Koulopoulos argues. ―This is sort of like asking, where doeselectricity exist?‖ 
 

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