As cloud computing becomes more the norm for operational processes in many businesses, it has begun to replace IT in the same way that IT replaced mainframe computing. But many businesses don’t actually understand just what cloud computing is and how it is different from using IT in more ways than cost or simple structure.
In this article from the Cloudscaling blog by award-winning writer Randy Bias, he talks about not only what cloud computing is, but what it isn’t. Contrary to what you may have heard elsewhere, it is not simply virtualization, outsourcing or even a pay-as-you-go business model, although it can include all of these concepts.
Some of the points he makes in this presentation include:
- Virtualization is not fundamental to Cloud Computing
- It is important for business to understand the difference
- Major players who are part of this change will point the way
While most businesses are aware of the changes in the IT landscape with the advent of cloud computing, few truly grasp the enormity of the change. Randy Bias’s presentation of the move from IT to Enterprise to Cloud gives a clear vision of where we are now, and where we want to be in the future. For a more detailed explanation of that progression, read The Evolution of IT Towards Cloud Computing.