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Few would disagree that the Cloud computing frenzy of the last year has put
more, not less, pressure on the IT organization. Much of this focus has
been on the Public vs. Private Cloud debate, but what we are really
witnessing here is the dawn of a new era in IT management.
For the last thirty years or so, since the earliest days of client-server
computing, IT organizations have essentially run exactly the same way,
desperately trying to keep their arms around an ever growing environment.
This includes growth in quantity and complexity of equipment, growth in
applications, and growth in the level of significance to the business - and
hence the demands from the business.
The IT organization's (wholly justified) need to retain control essentially
came down to this simple maxim "if we let you play with it, you'll b... (more)
Cloud computing has so much potential - and has been the subject of so much
hype - that it seems to some like a panacea. Information security will no
longer be an issue; storage will be limitless; processing power will be
immense; and total cost-efficiency will finally become a reality.
Much of the promise of the cloud is true, but not all of it - especially for
enterprises. The fact is, enterprise clouds must serve organizations. And
organizations are messy. People, policies and conflicting priorities can
threaten any major business initiative. Cloud implementations are no