Picking Cloud Platforms: What Is Right for Your Business

By Eric Lundquist  |  Posted 2013-03-30 Print this article Print

4. Agility

This was one area where all the panelists agreed. The ability to quickly add compute capability that's separate (if you want) from the production environment is a great way to rapidly develop new applications. Eric Golin, CTO with Carbonite, used a new beta program to allow users to synchronize files between devices as an example in which using cloud services allowed the project to be developed and deployed rapidly and without interfering with ongoing operations.

5. Security

This used to be the big stumbling block for using cloud services. No more. The panelists all agreed that the security capabilities with cloud providers have caught up with on-premise solutions.

The bottom line: Cloud computing is not a panacea, but neither is it a technology to avoid. What is required is for technology and business managers to become sufficiently familiar with the cloud capabilities and new cloud-like on-premise and hybrid solutions to make the right choice for their company's business.

Eric Lundquist is a technology analyst at Ziff Brothers Investments, a private investment firm. Lundquist, who was editor-in-chief at eWEEK (previously PC Week) from 1996-2008 authors this blog for eWEEK to share his thoughts on technology, products and services. No investment advice is offered in this article. All duties are disclaimed. Lundquist works separately for a private investment firm, which may at any time invest in companies whose products are discussed in this article and no disclosure of securities transactions will be made.


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