Researcher, Cloud Computing Evangelist & Advisor, White Paper Author and Copywriter

Maria Spínola

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This list is a summary of Cloud Computing news that I posted during the past week on Twitter: - Unisys & #CloudComputing: Exclusive Q&A with Rich Marcello http://bit.ly/JmBad (via @cloudnomics) #Security & #Privacy are big concerns... - Sun Microsystems view on #CloudComputing: http://bit.ly/1cm61n - List of advantages of #CloudComputing http://bit.ly/X8mKB (via @CloudMarkets) ME: and list of advantages vs risks: http://bit.ly/oBwga - How is Your Cloud Computing Provider Doing? http://bit.ly/nXWYM (via @cloudysaas) - The tech jobs that the cloud will eliminate... and which become more valuable? http://bit.ly/UNp9U - Platform-as-a-Service (PAAS) market to grow to $15.2 B in global sales by 2016 according to Forrester (via @MCFTechnology @AmericanUnit) - Jericho Forum Collaboration Oriented Architecture Position Paper http://bit.ly/1h5Er (via @Capgemini) - Cloud security de... (more)

Rushing To Cloud Computing Can Be Bad

Business managers know that in spite of the benefits of every new technology/business model, there are also risks and issues like trust, loss of privacy, regulatory violation, data replication, coherency and erosion of integrity, application sprawl, and dependencies, among others. Therefore they realize that rushing things when it comes to Cloud Computing can be a very bad decision. However, ignoring Cloud Computing all together, because of a belief in your ability to secure your own environment better than a service provider ever could, or jumping rapidly into it because the man... (more)

Cloud Computing, in Plain English, to IT Directors, VP's, CIO's and CEO's

Sometimes we forget that every day, new people are discovering Cloud Computing, and that they know very little about it. So the objective of this article is very simple... to explain Cloud Computing, in plain English, to IT Directors, VP's, CIO's and CEO's:, I hope that with this video, you could understand what is Cloud Computing and what it can do to your company. In the nexts articles, I will try to explain the followings points: - Why Should IT Directors, VP's, CIO's and CEO's Care About Cloud Computing? - Cloud Computing Equals to SaaS, Grid, Utility Computing, Hosting? - What Exact... (more)

Cloud Equals SaaS, Grid, Utility Computing, Hosting...?

With virtually every vendor/provider on the planet jumping on the Cloud Computing bandwagon, sometimes it's difficult to tell whether a service is truly a Cloud Computing offering or simply a pre-existing offering that has the Cloud label slapped on it, such as hosting, outsourcing, ASP (Application Service Provider), On Demand Computing, Grid computing, Utility computing, SaaS (Software as a Service) and so on. In fact, Cloud Computing is not a technology revolution, but rather a process and business evolution on how we use those technologies that enables Cloud Computing as it e... (more)

The Five Characteristics of Cloud Computing

In the previous article Cloud Equals SaaS, Grid, Utility Computing, Hosting...? I made the following statement: "SaaS is one of the three possible Cloud Computing delivery modes; however, to be considered Cloud Computing, any of those delivery modes must have certain specific characteristics" So, in this article we will look at those specific characteristics that define exactly what is Cloud Computing, so that next time you will be able to evaluate if a specific offer is truly Cloud Computing, or simply a pre-existing offering that has the Cloud label slapped on it. We can state t... (more)