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What Is Cloud?

What is cloud?

This is an excerpt from the new Cloud Strategy Guide.

“Cloud” means different things to different people.

With so many definitions, it’s important to define what the word “cloud” means to different people within your enterprise. Get clear on what commonly used terms such as “public” and “private” mean within your company. Once you have a set of clear definitions, you’ll likely need to educate others to get everyone on the same page.

What is Cloud?

Here are a few definitions offered by cloud experts:

Cloud computing is a model for enabling ubiquitous, convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications, and services) that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Cloud is the fabric of the future.

Albert Wolchesky, Senior Technology Evangelist, Microsoft

Cloud is not a single product, but an ecosystem of aligned parts to produce a new operational model.

Alan Grantham, Vice President, Strategic Hosting Solutions, Forsythe

Cloud isn’t just about hardware and software, but about having the right corporate philosophy. A successful cloud migration requires a cultural shift in the enterprise. The first thing you must do is embrace an open source mindset that rewards collaboration and innovation. From there, you can focus on the technology tools that will help you achieve your business goals.

E.G. Nadhan, Chief Technology Strategist, Central Region, Red Hat

To further explore cloud and determine the best cloud strategy for your enterprise, download the guide now.

Transform your business with cloud
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