IT Business Edge contributor Michael Vizard sees a significant narrowing of the IT competitive edge gap thanks to cloud computing. In a recent blog post, Vizard says he sees companies in developing markets looking at more strategic approaches to cloud computing in order to narrow competitive enterprise IT edges with global rivals. Cloud computing, he says, makes it easier for IT organizations to deploy a world-class enterprise computing platform.
"Naturally, there is a lot more to enterprise IT than just the platform. But the fact remains that IT infrastructure until recently was a significant barrier to the cost of entry, and that might not be so relevant anymore."
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There is no question that a cloud's virtualized environment enables dramatic increases in efficiency. These, along with significant economies of scale, result in lower operating costs than most businesses can achieve. In addition, smaller companies can enjoy enterprise-class features that they could not otherwise afford, particularly in areas related to back-up and management. This checklist helps you understand the traits and services you should look for in a cloud provider.
The book "Dot Cloud - The 21st Century Business Platform Built on Cloud Computing" explains the main ideas of cloud computing in lay terms. This excerpt comes from the book's second chapter, "The Gathering Storm: Get Your Head into the Clouds."