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Cloud Computing DIY Guide

By Adam Ely, David Berlind, J. Nicholas Hoover & John Foley,
InformationWeek, December 8, 2008, 10:45 AM

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The beauty of cloud computing is that little more than a user ID and a credit card will get you started. That's the problem, too. Anything this easy is bound to create problems for IT departments that aren't prepared.

We've experienced this phenomenon many times before, where a technology's ease of adoption translates into unforeseen management challenges. Virtualization resulted in virtual machine sprawl; smartphones ushered in new security risks; instant messaging raised corporate governance concerns.

The purpose of this report is to show IT managers how to maximize the benefits of cloud computing--including ease of use, flexibility, and lower costs--while minimizing the risks. It's a how-to guide to licensing, management tools, bandwidth, security, and architecture.

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