Cloud Computing: Fact vs Fog

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Cloud Computing: Fact versus Fog
December 2010

Table of Contents Executive Summary Foundations of Cloud Computing Obstacles and Considerations Future of Cloud

December 2010

| Copyright © 2010 Grail Research, LLC


Executive Summary
“Cloud” Buzz
This presentation addresses the current state of cloud computing, obstacles to business adoption, and expectations for the future. This is the first in a series of papers written by Grail Research on the topic of cloud computing and the investigation of how businesses are adapting to and taking advantage of Internet-based, on-demand computing

News of Cloud is everywhere, and its predominance in IT is a foregone conclusion. In fact, the push to adopt Cloud has been so strong that risks inherent in this model have largely been ignored The recent economic turmoil and the promise of Cloud leading a renaissance of the tech sector are shaping the perspective and appetite for Cloud rather than the readiness of the technology itself. Cloud is a powerful tool for mobilizing data; however, there are no regulations, standards, or assurances of data protection from a technical perspective Major breaches at Google,, and Amazon, have exposed the fragility of the Cloud delivery model, and the fundamental issues of data security, privacy, and standards that have yet to be addressed. Though price points gained in Cloud can be significant, businesses should weigh advantages against the hidden costs of compromised data Analyst sentiment seems to be the sole voice of reason. Principal analysts from Forrester, Gartner, and Yankee cite major security concerns with Cloud. Hackers have also highlighted the vulnerabilities of Cloud and issued a manifesto of mayhem against it (Black Hat 2009 – Clobbering the Cloud by SensePost) Assessing your organization’s readiness for Cloud should include the evaluation of hybrid models, hybrid architectures, integration constraints, and innovative data protection methods, that will offer the best approach for business adoption Consider the direct business benefits of Cloud for your company and your individual business needs, weighing against security and privacy concerns. In the more immediate future, look toward applications focused on innovative data protection methods, enabling organizations to utilize Public Cloud in a private manner

Adoption Haste

Security Risks

Expert Views


Key Takeaways

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Foundations of Cloud Computing
Foundations of Cloud Computing Obstacles and Considerations

Foundations of Cloud Computing

Obstacles and Considerations

Future of Cloud

Future of Cloud

Cloud is an evolution, merging virtualization, grid, utility, and web standards

Cloud is an evolution. It coalesces grid, utility, virtualization and web standards into a delivery paradigm. The difference is each of these components are building blocks that solve the specific point problems of abstracted, on-demand, distributed processing – Tony Bishop (Founder and CEO, Adaptivity) I don't think it's a revolution as much as it's an evolution. If you want to really say what kicked this thing off, virtualization was a big precursor to Cloud…I think “Cloud" is a little bit overused right now. I look at it as the evolution of the data center, to do more scalable processing and computing – Ping Li (Partner, Accel Partners)

Source: SysCon Website; Ars Technica Website; CIO Website
December 2010 | Copyright © 2010 Grail Research, LLC


Cloud services have shifted from a year ago. We did a focus group around 12 months ago and they pretty much took the mickey out of Cloud. It was seen as unrealistic and CIOs weren’t considering it. What’s even more of a surprise is that in a short period of 12 months, we’ve seen Cloud go from a bit of a joke to a number two priority on the plate of CIOs today, and a very serious consideration that...
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