Posted by: kurtsh | February 19, 2011

OFFER: Free eBook–“An Industry Shift Toward Cloud Computing” from Microsoft

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We published an eBook for individuals interested in the trend toward cloud computing, why it’s happening and how customers should approach this change in the industry.

  • Cloud Computing Basics
    • Cloud Computing
      • Software as a Service (SaaS)
    • Public Cloud
      • Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)
      • Platform as a Service (PaaS)
    • Private Cloud
    • Hybrid Approach
  • Is Cloud Computing Right for my Business?
    • Core Issues to Consider
  • Microsoft’s Unique Approach to Cloud Computing
    • Applications/Software as a Service (SaaS)
      • Live Services
      • Online Services
      • Business Productivity Online Services
    • Platform as a Service (PaaS)
    • Private Clouds

[opening paragraph]

An Industry Shift Toward Cloud Computing
Since inception, the IT industry experienced a variety of natural evolution points, most marked with rapid change followed by years of internalization and consumption. According to most observers, the industry is rapidly evolving toward services as a core component of how consumers and business users interact with both software and one another. This is being referred to, in different contexts, as “software as a service,” “cloud computing,” “Web 2.0,” or simply “services,” and it represents a new deployment choice for the industry. The hype is deafening in places, and the key to success is recognizing that “cloud” adoption does not represent an all-or-nothing proposition.


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