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Sponsored By: CloudU is a service mark/trademark of Rackspace US, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries The Cloud is confusing… well it can be, and that’s where CloudU™ comes in. CloudU is a comprehensive Cloud Computing training and education curriculum developed by industry analyst Ben Kepes. Whether you read a single whitepaper, watch a dozen webinars, or go all in and earn the CloudU Certificate, you’ll learn a lot, gain new skills and boost your resume. Enroll in CloudU today at REVOLUTION NOT EVOLUTION How Cloud Computing Differs from Traditional IT and Why it Matters
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Executive Summary Cloud Computing is a revolution that will define IT in the second decade of the 21st Century. This new form of computing is perfectly poised to provide solutions to a host of business problems within organizations large and small. Cloud Computing will be the catalyst for the long predicted notion of “ubiquitous computing” enabling this revolution through a number of means: Virtualization – The ability to increase computing efficiency Democratization of Computing – Bringing enterprise scale infrastructure to small and medium businesses Scalability and fast provisioning – Bringing web scale IT at a rapid pace Commoditization of infrastructure – Enabling IT to focus on the strategic aspects of its role This paper will detail the revolution that Cloud Computing is bringing to IT and will contrast the new IT from traditional approaches. Table of Contents Executive Summary 1 A New Dawn or Just Another Day – Ellison vs. Benioff 2 From Water-wheel to Utility Power – An analogy for the Cloud 5 Mainframes to Cloud – A brief history of technological innovation 7 Virtualization – The ability to increase computing efficiency 9 Democratization of Computing – Bringing enterprise scale infrastructure to small and medium businesses 10 An Encoding.com Case Study: 12 Scalability and fast provisioning – for IT at web scale 13 Commoditization of infrastructure – Enabling IT to focus on the strategic aspects of its role 15 Summary 16 About Diversity Analysis 17 About Rackspace 18
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Small Teams, Big Impact: Powering Revolutionary Ideas on the Cloud 2 © Diversity Limited, 2011 Non-commercial reuse with attribution permitted A New Dawn or Just Another Day – Ellison vs. Benioff 2010 marked the escalation of the war of words between the respective CEOs of Oracle and Salesforce.com, Larry Ellison and Marc Benioff. In the words of these larger than life figures, we can actually see an outline of many of the themes that will be explored in the following pages. Is Cloud Computing fundamentally different from what came before? What does it mean for an organization to “do” Cloud Computing? These are the questions that one must ask to answer the question “Is Cloud Computing a Revolution” or simply version 2.0 of a continuous series of innovations.
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