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    How Well Do You Know the Cloud?

    Cloud computing has been around for a while now. When correctly implemented, its scalability and flexibility increases productivity, saving both time and money. But although the cloud is still being touted as the future of IT, many organizations have yet to adopt it.  And, really, who can blame them? Private, public, hybrid, and not to mention all of the “as a service” options – it’s hard to know which one is a right fit for your organization.

    With the cloud and any new-to-you technology, it’s important to do your research before making the leap so that you can reap the benefits; otherwise, you risk losing any money and time that you have invested in it.

    To help you get started, we’ve created a quiz that will test your own knowledge of the cloud before you move to adoption. It’s a great jumping off point for getting the cloud conversation started.

    After taking the quiz, be sure to check out these other cloud-related posts on IT Business Edge. In “The Cloud: Not Just the Same Old IT,” Arthur Cole breaks down why the cloud is different from internal data environments. Also, it might be good to pass out these cloud-specific terms and definitions so that IT and the business side are on the same page. And, last but not least, this slideshow looks at why it’s important to consider your network before moving to the cloud.

    How Well Do You Know the Cloud? - slide 1

    Click through for seven questions that will test your knowledge of the cloud.

    How Well Do You Know the Cloud? - slide 2

    Question: Which of these is NOT a cloud deployment model?

    A. public cloud

    B. private cloud

    C. cross-platform cloud

    D. hybrid cloud

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    Question: Which of these is NOT a cloud deployment model?

    Answer: C. Cross-platform cloud

    Learn more: How to Choose the Right Cloud

    How Well Do You Know the Cloud? - slide 4

    True or False? Private clouds cannot be customized to suit your organization’s unique data requirements.

    How Well Do You Know the Cloud? - slide 5

    True or False? Private clouds cannot be customized to suit your organization’s unique data requirements.

    Answer: False

    Learn more: The True Value of the Private Cloud

    How Well Do You Know the Cloud? - slide 6

    Question: Which service model enables the subscriber to use processing, storage, networks and other computing resources, and to deploy and run other software, including operating systems and applications?

    A. platform as a service

    B. software as a service

    C. infrastructure as a service

    D. none of the above

    How Well Do You Know the Cloud? - slide 7

    Question: Which service model enables the subscriber to use processing, storage, networks and other computing resources, and to deploy and run other software, including operating systems and applications?

    Answer: C. infrastructure as a service

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    True or False? The platform-as-a-service model is concerned with delivering primarily virtualized computing environments across one or more clouds.

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    True or False? The platform-as-a-service model is concerned with delivering primarily virtualized computing environments across one or more clouds.

    Answer: True  

    Learn more: PaaS and the Private Cloud

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    Question: Which of these cloud service models splits the difference between the benefits and liabilities of public and private clouds?

    A. public cloud

    B. community cloud

    C. on-site private cloud

    D. hybrid cloud

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    Question: Which of these cloud service models splits the difference between the benefits and liabilities of public and private clouds?

    Answer: C. hybrid cloud

    Learn more: The Future Belongs to the Hybrid Cloud

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    True or False? Cloud services and applications typically have no up-front costs, and instead bill on a regular basis depending on how much you use.

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    True or False? Cloud services and applications typically have no up-front costs, and instead bill on a regular basis depending on how much you use.

    Answer: True

    Learn more: Moving to the Cloud: Where, When and How to Start

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    True or False? A Statement of Work agreement covers objectives, tasks and deliverables for a cloud migration, with both schedules and costs laid out in explicit detail.

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    True or False? A Statement of Work agreement covers objectives, tasks and deliverables for a cloud migration, with both schedules and costs laid out in explicit detail.

    Answer: True

    Learn more: The Migration Cometh Before the Cloud

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