Companies encouraged to assess need for cloud computing before buying into the 'next big thing in IT'

Businesses should consider the risks before they start using cloud computing.

Ian Brooks, head of innovation and sustainable computing at HP EMEA, claimed that while cloud computing delivers technology infrastructure requirements as a service and is being hailed as ‘the next big thing in IT', considerations need to be made on capability and security.

Brooks claimed that a lot of IT services are being defined as ‘cloud computing' which has resulted in a lot of confusion about the definition. He said that HP concurs with Gartner's definition of cloud computing that it is: “A style of computing, where massively scalable and flexible IT-enabled capabilities are delivered ‘as a service' to external customers using internet technologies.”

However Brooks added that: “Although this all sounds great, there are technology and business risks that need to be taken into consideration before companies should start using the cloud. Security is a main aspect, as access levels need to be managed. Also, specific service levels need to be achieved, but can the potential service provider meet the business needs for network and application availability?”

He encouraged assessment of individual workloads to see whether they are suitable for the cloud, and at the same time companies should check their complexity since they could be difficult to manage.

“Furthermore, cross geography data transport and privacy regulations could become an issue if not managed well. HP delivers value across the business technology ecosystem as it provides clients with the hardware, software, and consulting services – when appropriate – to take advantage of the cloud,” said Brooks.

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