Practical Guide to Cloud Computing Version 2.0

Practical Guide to Cloud Computing Version 2.0

The Practical Guide to Cloud Computing Version 2.0 was written to help enterprise information technology (IT) and business decision makers adopt cloud computing to solve business challenges.

Cloud computing has moved from an interesting experiment to a proven information technology with multiple vendors, large and small, taking different approaches. Most customers have adopted at least some cloud computing technology; others are using cloud computing as their sole IT infrastructure or are moving in that direction.

This guide provides a way of evaluating the market from the point of view of your organization’s needs and providing information that is helpful in selecting both a cloud architecture and an implementation approach through the use of in-house staff, cloud vendor(s) or both.

The “Roadmap for Cloud Computing” section is the heart of the guide. It details both strategic and tactical activities for decision makers implementing cloud solutions. It also provides specific guidance to decision makers on the selection of cloud service and deployment models. The activities and recommendations in the roadmap take into account the different sizes and IT maturity of customer organizations, and act as a useful template for both large enterprises and small-and-medium businesses (SMBs).