Date Added: May 2009
Cloud computing is a dilemma for today's CIO. The potential to cut capital expenditure and reign in operating costs is so compelling that the business will push aggressively for cloud adoption. Each of the components of cloud computing - Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) - offer a bulletproof economic argument that is irresistible to any CFO, CTO, or the CEO. Brought together, they offer a promise of tangible savings and flexibility that is unprecedented. But good managers know that economics isn't the only variable to consider in a business strategy. Cloud introduces new security risks and compromises the traditional control of IT. When data begins to move out of established corporate silos, it is vulnerable to disclosure, loss or modification.