Getting CIOs to love cloud computing takes a lot of logic and a little bit of TLC.
By Siki Giunta, president and CEO, Fortisphere
Cloud computing is inevitable. In fact, it's already thriving. Salesforce.com is in the cloud. Amazon.com is selling the cloud. Without the cloud, there would be no Twitter. And without Twitter, there would be no international uproar over riots in Iran, or millions donated to help Haiti.
The cloud, while typically transparent, is already ubiquitous. Like any successful infrastructure technology, the more it pervades, the less it is explicitly felt.
This all said, the cloud has remained, to date, primarily an infrastructure resource of the small company, the young company, and the Internet company. Running your computing outside your four walls presents a much lower risk if you have no alternative – and most small firms haven't got a datacenter. And most new startups haven't got a lot to lose if something goes wrong in the ether.
So, what could go wrong? Most cloud vendors will tell you how rock solid their infrastructure, platforms, and networks are. But, we have all experienced Facebook outages and Gmail issues often enough to understand that the best of systems have hiccups. Certainly a company with its own datacenter is more than aware of that fact. More
Jon Fortt of Fortune interviews Kevin Brown, CEO of Coraid, about his startup's approach to storage for the cloud computing era.
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Picture this: A brilliant engineer in a Georgia college town invents a cheaper way to do high-end storage. For nearly five years he and a small team quietly sell systems to demanding customers like the Nathional Institues of Health, which uses the technology for the Human Genome Project.
Eventually he realizes he can't run the company on a shoestring anymore and calls an old friend, who consults a legendary investor, who assembles MOREJon Fortt - Jan 25, 2010 7:00 AM ET
Cisco has its swagger back.
When the networking provider hosted Wall Street analysts at its San Jose headquarters Tuesday for its annual update on the state of the business, the most striking thing was the full-scale return of confidence. After a year in which most of tech has struggled to regain its footing in a global financial crisis, CEO John Chambers and his lieutenants told the financial community that they're poised MOREJon Fortt - Dec 9, 2009 11:52 AM ET
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