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Cloud computing continues to gain the attention of financial industry

Monday, September 13, 2010

From Kirsten Bischoff, Opalesque New York:

“Cloud computing is still an evolving paradigm,” say Peter Mell and Tim Grance of the US government agency the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Information Technology Laboratory. The agency’s definition of cloud computing is currently in it’s 15th iteration.

Perhaps the simplest explanation is the one in The Big Switch: Rewiring the World, from Edison to Google , by Nicholas Carr, who refers readers back to how the world changed similarly once before with the building of electronic grids. Similar to how most firms do not elect to run a power plant in order to keep the lights on in their offices, more companies are now opting to use technology providers for their server/storage needs and in many cases for their technology staffing needs.

There are two different types of clouds: public (ie, gmail, yahoo, etc) and private (built for the exclusive use of a single operation). Public clouds such as Google docs have made the public more comfortable with the thought of information being easily maneuvered and manipulated between various parties, and as a result private clouds are gaining traction with more companies that want to tap into the same ease of use, but ensure better control, risk management, and ......................

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