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Cloud Computing Awards

posted Mar 6, 2011, 9:34 AM by Francois Tricot   [ updated Mar 6, 2011, 1:02 PM ]
For my IT skilled readers.

Being recognized by IT professionals as being an early adopter of Cloud Computing and having implemented them successfully, I've been asked to participate as a member of the jury of the "Cloud Computing in Enterprise Awards" launched by 2 French IT mags, and (see announcement in French).

I've always been a strong advocate of Cloud Computing, more for the benefits it brings to Enterprise than for the model itself.
The Awards categories include categories that I think do not bring the full benefits of Cloud Computing, such as 'private cloud'.
As I mentioned in my post Cloud-Washing : a marketing concept, 'private cloud' has not a lot to do with Cloud Computing. This does not mean that it is not worth using dedicated resources from a provider. You just will not get all the benefits.

Let me list again the requirements I'm pushing for :
  • No install required on the desktop. Just a browser. (no activeX, no java applet, no plug-in). Compatible with major browsers.
  • Secured access from any Internet access, without a VPN (the same way you access your bank online)
On top of that, what the Cloud Computing model is bringing is :
  • Low cost due to resources sharing accross all users (hardware, software, man days)
  • Always the latest version of the software run by all users (from all companies subscribing to it)
  • 24/7 service level agreement
  • No upfront investment required, a subscription model