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CDW: Making the Cloud Achievable

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Executive Summary

Cloud computing will likely prove one of the most strategic technologies for 2011 and beyond. Interest and use of public cloud services and cloud-related infrastructure purchases are increasing and will continue to do so for years to come.

While there is a great deal of optimistic discussion about cloud computing, it is not for everyone in every situation. IT executives will want to carefully study the cloud computing paradigm and explore what it offers their operations. The sooner the IT department understands the nature of the cloud - and outlines a strategy for its use, where appropriate - the better for the business overall.

This reference guide will help companies cut through the chatter so they can discern what the technology truly has to offer. It will introduce the basic concepts of cloud computing and define what makes up a cloud, explore the different service and deployment models, detail the benefits, and outline the foundational technologies.

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