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Features list: April 2009 - Cloud computing

Deadline: 5 March 2009

Publication date: Articles will run through the month of April 2009

Editorial contact: features@computerweekly.com

Overview

This article will cover the evolution of cloud computing from the bureau services of the 1960s to Amazon EC2 and beyond. It will also cover how the services companies are extending outsourcing to encompass cloud computing services.

IT security in the cloud

How safe is the cloud? How do you know your data will not be stolen? How do you ensure classified data stays classified in the cloud? These are the questions IT directors and CIOs are now asking before they embark on serious cloud computing strategies.

The SME opportunity

Cloud computing allows SMEs businesses to compete better with larger firms. In theory, the cloud allows you to by processing power and storage at very low cost. Moreover, data is backed up easily and can quickly be shared across regions – even globally – without the need for expensive networking. Each division simply connects into the internet cloud with a single link using a hub and spoke model. This means that smaller businesses can radically slash IT operations costs. The article will feature examples of SME businesses adopting cloud computing.

Cloud and the IT supplier community

The article will cover how the main IT suppliers are working with cloud computing. The article will focus on R+D, covering the limitations of cloud and how the industry is addressing these issues.

Hardware in the cloud

This article is about hardware as a service. Long before Amazon EC2, companies were offering bureau service for IT systems. The article will trace the history of paying for Mips, storage and MBps on a per use basis. How is this usage pricing evolving in the era of cloud computing. We will look at the strategy of suppliers like IBM, HP, EMC, Hitachi, BT, C&W, Colt etc.

Killer cloud applications

Cloud Computing can be used to help businesses solve complex data sharing that would be near impossible or too expensive using any other means. It can be used in a complex supply chains to share information very easily.

It’s almost impossible to link up all ERP and supply chain systems from different companies in a supply chain. So how do businesses keep track of an order – which is important for auditing – like traceability? One option is to have each partner business in the supply chain to upload reports into the cloud. Everyone in the chain can then see all the relevant information. This is far easier to do than point-to-point integration between enterprise systems.


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This was first published in February 2009

 

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