questions about cloud computing...
Q:Suppose I don't want to move all my computing workloads into the cloud right now. Is there anything I can do to sort of “get my feet wet” in cloud computing?
A : Yes, moving computing workloads into the cloud is a big part of cloud computing, but to get a taste of cloud computing you can begin using application services located in the cloud. Software-as-a-Service or SaaS, provides a spectrum of application services you can access in the cloud. Your cloud navigator has in-depth knowledge of these services and can guide you in the choosing ones that will work best for you
Q: Is cloud computing secure?
A: The short answer is, yes. Cloud Service Providers (CSP) submit their cloud computing security to a variety of internal and third party tests in order to qualify for various security and “best practices” certification standards. Cloud computing security is likely to be better than your current computer security practices because CSPs can retain the services of some of the best IT security professionals in the industry.
Q: How much can I save by using cloud computing services?
A: There are many aspects to the IT savings you can achieve by using cloud computing services. The rule of thumb is that you can expect to save 20% to 80% of the cost of running a premises-based application by moving to a cloud-based service (SaaS). Your cloud navigator can work with you to determine more precisely your IT savings by moving to cloud-based services.
Q: Will my current Internet connection support my use of cloud computing services?
A: It depends on the number of users and the number of cloud-based services you will be using. Your cloud navigator recommends having two separate Internet connections arranged to provide redundancy, bandwidth bonding and load balancing. When you depend on the cloud for application services you need reliable Internet connectivity.
Q: Do I have to make a long term commitment to a particular Cloud Service Provider (CSP)?
A: Most cloud application services are priced by the month or year per user or device. Other cloud computing services are pay for what you use without long term contracts. Your cloud navigator can advise you on your options before you sign up for any particular cloud service