Cloud computing includes several definitions, expert says

Computerworld's Chris Poelker recently offered an overview of cloud computing's different definitions in terms of a financial and technological solution. According to the writer, the cloud is a significant shift away from traditional IT, which requires organizations to purchase their own applications and infrastructure. "What that means to the bean counters is that they don't need to worry about capital budgets anymore," Poelker wrote. "They can simply outsource all or part of what IT does to a third-party cloud provider and treat it as a business expense using an operational budget." The writer indicated that this cloud definition also means organizations are most likely to adopt a public cloud, so certain IT jobs will be outsourced to a third party. Cloud computing on a technical level The technical definition of the cloud is different from the financial one, according to Poelker. "Cloud computing is the realization of utility computing for the masses, where traditional IT services are now virtualized and provided via modular reference architectures that are created by the providers and vendors rather than the end users," Poelker wrote. The Computerworld writer added that many companies are testing the technology by migrating from premise-based Exchange to Gmail or virtualizing their system servers. Once IT is virtualized, it does not matter where applications are run, but where the data actually is located. Poelker concluded that cloud computing is reshaping how IT operates, specifically in the job market. Employees who can effectively secure, manage and share data access will be in high demand moving forward. Cloud performance always needed If your company is using or considering the cloud, cloud performance monitoring solutions are a must. Experts agree the systems help organizations ensure cloud scalability is upheld and businesses receive updates regarding their clouds in real time.

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