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Stephen Guth
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1/9/2013 | 11:30:19 AM
re: Hard Truths About Cloud Differences
Good article, particularly the point about being locked into a cloud service provider (CSP). Another "hard truth" is contracting for cloud services in such a way that the subscriber is protected in terms of functionality and data--and has the some degree of flexibility so as to not be joined at the hip forever with a CSP. While cloud computing is still in its infancy, contracting for it is even more so... A new book has just been published to assist subscribers in contract, "Contract Negotiation Handbook: Software as a Service"
PJS880
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1/7/2013 | 4:26:40 PM
re: Hard Truths About Cloud Differences
Cloud computing is not for every business and just because it is a trend that will probably stick around does not mean that it is the best solution for your company. These decision must be made on an individual basis and cannot be evaluated as one whole solution, that is where the company will end up in pitfalls. If you are a business and considering cloud computing for you, then do that find a cloud that works around your current system and not changing your business to adapt to the cloud. Great article!

Paul Sprague
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DaveKey
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1/7/2013 | 2:05:20 PM
re: Hard Truths About Cloud Differences
Good description, but IaaS and PaaS should be different "Clouds" in your diagram since they encompass different facilities. PaaS would typically include database and middleware services which weren't shown in your diagram for PaaS.

Dave Key, Cloudstrategies.biz
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1/5/2013 | 2:32:33 AM
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Jim's comments are insightful and worthwhile. However, I don't think the article comments sufficiently on the changes that "modern cloud" (as opposed to aspects of the solution that has always been there - so to speak) offers in terms of speed of implementation, standardized technology stacks, security, change management, people skills requirements and more. At the same time, seeing cloud purely as a cost saving is short sighted. Our business justifications have found business agility to be a powerful force.
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1/4/2013 | 9:17:10 PM
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As a provider of a cloud-based service, Axeda sometimes struggle in deciding if we should focus on being a SaaS provider or a PaaS provider. Our "Machine Cloud" is now both... for some, they use our out of the box apps... to them we are SaaS. For others, we provide Web Services to build their own apps. I think we'll see this more and more... SaaS solutions with robust APIs to help build extensions/enhancement that differentiate.
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1/4/2013 | 4:22:28 PM
re: Hard Truths About Cloud Differences
Great practical look at all things cloud. The diagram is very helpful. I agree with the point that engineered systems have been around a while, but the latest form is quite new. So much so that it's hard to predict winners and losers over the long term. Seems unless you have a burning need for exactly that technology - a wait and see approach there might be best.

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