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June 2009, Vol. 11

Practical steps for building an internal cloud

Cloud-based application delivery is becoming an inevitable part of IT. Re-architecting IT and business processes for internal cloud-based service delivery will take years to complete. Now is the time to begin laying the foundation for an internal cloud architecture. Seasoned IT folks have heard about cloud computing for years, and if they're cynical about the whole cloud concept, they have a reason to be. Other concepts, like grid computing, have come and gone without much fanfare. But remember, x86 virtualization received a similar cold reception, and today the x86 hypervisor is the default platform for newly deployed applications in many organizations and is exactly the reason why cloud-based computing won't follow the same path as grid computing and other IT-as-a-service brethren. Defining the cloud You may be asking yourself, "Isn't cloud the same thing as IT as a service?" You're right, of course, but IT marketing folks don't get paid to recycle old names. Hence, we have the cloud. Here at Burton Group, we've had ...

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