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August 2011, Vol. 1 No. 3

Private cloud blockers and barriers

Cloud computing has changed the way IT resources are designed and managed. Siloed IT departments have to adjust their business-as-usual approach. As companies seek faster, better and cheaper IT resources, hybrid clouds seem like a natural fit. They allow IT to shift workloads between internal data centers and a commercial public cloud provider during peak periods. For growing businesses with variable needs, cloud computing can reduce costs while boosting project flexibility and time to market. Cloud computing has begun to gain traction in corners of the enterprise. But the cloud still raises IT hackles. Managers worry that clouds violate traditional departmental domains and practices, and organizational inertia can run deep. A cloud also imposes new demands on IT infrastructure, from networks to servers, and can strain the relationships between their respective teams. And cloud pricing and licensing continue to pose serious challenges that further entrench divisions and cut into cost savings. Still, cloud computing has begun to ...

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