Cloud computing is the delivery of computing as a service rather than a product, whereby shared resources, software, and information are provided to computers and other devices as a metered service over a network (typically the Internet). Cloud computing means that resources are not hosted on client’s machines, but on the service provider’s machines, which reduces IT requirements and costs for the client. The benefit of cloud computing is that the services are fully scalable and can be dynamically adopted to client’s requirements.
Check out Neil Smyth (@Neil_StatPro), Technology and Marketing Director at StatPro presentation from the StatPro Cloud Summit 2012 which covers the do’s and don’t’s of cloud computing. Neil provides a comparison of traditional hosting versus SaaS and cloud computing, including an interesting look at how one compares to a housing estate and the other to a hotel. He then moves on to providing top tips on selecting a cloud computing vendor, including the key things to look out for such as infrastructure, security, scalability and the business model.