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BLOG: The Threat Cloud Computing Providers Pose to Corporate IT

Bernard Golden | Oct. 18, 2011
The biggest threat cloud computing providers present to IT organizations is that they raise the bar for IT management. If a cloud provider can get a server up in eight seconds when it takes the IT organization two weeks, IT will be seen as hopelessly ineffective--and ripe for a complete teardown.

The biggest mistake most IT organizations make is failing to recognize the urgency of this application sorting. When an industry adopts a new technology that provides a significant cost advantage, those who tarry in adoption threaten the survivability of the entire company. Viewing cloud computing with skepticism, representing it as another turn in the centralization vs. decentralization cycle fails to comprehend how big a shift it represents in computing. Cloud computing is no timesharing-with-a-gloss, as many people think of it. Believing that one has plenty of time to maintain current practices fails to draw lessons from previous cost revolutions, and poses the threat that one's company will become the Studebaker of today.

Bernard Golden is CEO of consulting firm HyperStratus, which specializes in virtualization, cloud computing and related issues. He is also the author of "Virtualization for Dummies," the best-selling book on virtualization to date.

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