“Every kid coming out of Harvard, every kid coming out of school now thinks he can be the next Mark Zuckerberg, and with these new technologies like cloud computing, he actually has a shot” (Andreessen, 2012). Cloud computing is what allows businesses today to pay for what is only consumed. This access to real time computing environment that extends information technology infrastructure of a company’s capabilities is unprecedented. Companies who have to use expensive capital cost and employee labor costs to spin up a working infrastructure that a company could use to go to market. The National Institute of Standards and Technology defines the cloud as “a model for enabling ubiquitous, convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications and services) that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction” (Engle, 2012). This would also add time to how rapidly the business could get to market. This sustainable competitive business advantage is important for businesses to stay relevant into today’s marketplace. Now businesses can access this computing infrastructure quickly and cheaply without a significant startup costs. Cloud computing will and has changed the game forever. With this information building a career in cloud computing will be the cornerstone of the future technologist resume. Cloud computing is the vehicle that businesses will be using in the new Web 2.0. Cloud services are in demand because it makes life easier for organizations (Shiksha, 2011). Today’s cloud sales teams are using powerful top down sales strategies to push the cloud products on to companies. Also, this is being reinforced in the boardroom as CEOs and boards of directors are having to answer wall street as to why competitors are taking advantage of cloud computing and their company is not. This platform will allow for a dynamic product offering capabilities, rather than a single ended product offering. As the cloud of dust settles and businesses can clearly see how this benefits the bottom line, companies will move fast to take advantage of these capabilities. Companies have already started to use public cloud offerings like Amazon Web Services or Softlayer. Once virtualization was popularized by VMware and servers could host multiple smaller virtual machines on the same servers. The story goes that Amazon built an infrastructure that could withstand the holiday season but that rest of the year the infrastructure is not really in use. So Amazon decided to sell time on their compute environment. Before cloud computing the only thing companies could do is just rent real physical servers from companies like Rack Space or Server Beach to name a few. These types of cloud providers are offering infrastructure as a service. There are other offerings similar to infrastructure as a service like platform as a service. Platform as a service provides a programming language execution environment, database, and webservers. Another type is software as a service this provides well-known applications like Sales Force. Cloud computing offerings move up and down the technology stack. In some cases companies build their product offering off platform as a service then turn around and sell it as software as a service. At the same time companies that have a very significant investment in their computing infrastructure have opted to retrofit their datacenter to add the cloud computing capabilities. By retrofitting a company’s infrastructure to allow the automation it turns the company’s infrastructure into what is called a private cloud. The business case for moving to the cloud has more to do with business sustainability and staying relevant in the marketplace. Arecent FPA survey of financial advisers' technology use' found that 28 percent of advisers...
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