Every so often something comes along that the business continuity planner knows they ought to know. When it’s technical, the non-techies among you probably need a crash course in the basics.
If you’re not sure what it is, we’re not surprised. It’s one of those terms that’s bandied around as if everyone knows what it means already. In fact, it’s an umbrella term for using the internet to simplify the way we use our computers.
The ‘cloud’ is the internet. Instead of using our own computers and servers to host our software and files, we can use them directly from the ‘cloud’ – or a service provided over the internet. There are lots of potential benefits, including flexibility and cost savings, as well as lots of potential issues, such as control over security and availability (and if your supplier disappears, what happens to your data?!).
But we’re not going to explain any more than that because we’ve found you three great resources!
The first thing is to read The Guardian’s What Is Cloud Computing? article which includes answers to:
- What’s the point of cloud computing?
- What’s utility computing?
- What’s software-as-a-service (SaaS)?
- What’s platform-as-a-service (PaaS)?
- What’s infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS)?
- What’s a rich internet application (RIA)?
- What’s multi-tenancy?
- What’s the difference between public, private and hybrid clouds?
- What’s virtualisation?
- Is cloud computing green?
- What’s Amazon’s cloud computing platform like?
- What’s Google’s cloud computing platform like?
- What’s Microsoft’s cloud computing platform like?
- What’s the salesforce.com cloud computing platform like?
- What are the risks?
Then consider one getting the one-off magazine style ‘Ultimate Guide to Cloud Computing‘ (below left) or The Dummies Guide to Cloud Computing’ (below right). Either of these two resources will make you sound like a pro.
More importantly, you’ll definitely have enough info to consider the business continuity around cloud computing for your organisation!
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