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Cloud cuckoo land

While cloud computing is prevalent, it may not be for your firm, so make sure you ask the vendor lots of questions, says Mick Jones

28 August 2013

What is it with cloud computing? It's everywhere! Just look at the websites of the major suppliers of professional software. They are either in the cloud, or so they claim, or headed for the cloud very soon. So let's look at what it is, what itmick offers, and consider the risks and the benefits.

You've heard of NIMBY (not in my backyard). Well, these are NOMS: not on my server. The software isn't on your laptop, desktop or network server. It's on somebody else's server, which is owned or leased by the software vendor. The software is accessed by you via the internet, so by you from anywhere you happen to be with an internet connection.

Sounds like fun? Maybe. But more than that it sounds efficient. From the vendor point of view, they don't have to send you a CD or come...

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