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Cloud Computing and Its Impact on Modern Industrial World

by on January 19, 2010

Cloud Computing and Its Impact on Modern Industrial World

Summary:

Gartner Inc. recently unveiled its list of the top 10 strategic technologies and trends for 2010.  Cloud computing is ranked No.1 in this list.  It promises reliable services delivered through next-generation data centers that are built on compute and storage virtualization technologies, which has significant impact on a multitude of business.  It has already changed and will definitely go on changing both operational and strategic facets of modern industry.  With cloud computing, companies can lower their cost on IT investment and integrate distributed IT resources to drive innovation process.

This paper analyzes the IT barriers which used to embarrass companies, and explores the basic concept of cloud computing as well as its power in driving innovation process.  Three cases chosen from different industries and different areas are included to exemplify the impact of cloud computing on modern companies.  The case of Bechtel shows how private cloud ameliorates the overall IT infrastructure of a company.  The case of local governments in China exemplifies how cloud computing might drive innovation and thereby facilitate local industry, particularly the startups and small companies.  The case of Haagen-Dazs demonstrates how a non-IT company dispersedly operates on the service provided by external cloud computing resources to fulfill its business goals.

In the final, an executive summary made by Geva Perry is quoted.

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