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Cloud Computing Role Discussed At FAST Ltd Round Table

FAST Corporate Services : 10 June, 2010  (Company News)
Asset management specialist gathers Cloud Computing experts to discuss the role of the cloud and the benefits and risks it brings to businesses
FAST Ltd, a UK authority on Software Asset Management and IT Compliance has recently hosted a roundtable of Cloud Computing specialists, the results of which were revealing. The experts gathered together to give their views on Cloud Computing and why organisations are struggling with what "Cloud" is.

Cloud Computing is the new reality in the IT sector - everybody is talking about it, and the industry has seen more vendors across the globe making announcements in Cloud Computing around their software, hardware and services. And although it looks certain, Cloud Computing will play a large role in IT infrastructure moving forward, there are still a number of issues such as lack of knowledge and understanding in the market by vendors and consumers, and the so far undeveloped legislation and standards available means the market is complex and there is still a high level of maturing that Cloud Computing needs to go through.

The roundtable event, 'What's The New Role Of Cloud Computing?', hosted by FAST Ltd, included representatives from Oracle,, Webroot, Fujitsu, IBM, BCS, UK Oracle User Group, FTSE 100 clients, Cloud Industry Forum, Pinsent Masons, and analyst organisation, Quocirca.

A key driver for the discussion was how Cloud Computing has evolved over recent years and how it's being seen as a new revolution in IT services. Clive Longbottom at Quocirca said that Cloud Computing is a complete game-changer. "When the Web came along, I think we saw it changed the whole way that people looked at technology, and I think that Cloud takes Web to the next level. Small companies can suddenly have access to technology that they could only dream of before, and not only that, but they also get the opportunity to be far more flexible than they have been in the past."

Webroot's Ian Moyse agreed and said there's a lot of noise around Cloud Computing at the moment. "There are a lot of vendors now claiming that they offer 'Cloud', but the reality is that 99 percent of their businesses aren't even 'Cloud'. They're seeing the demand in the market and seeing that people are interested in it right now they profess to be able to offer some kind of form of Cloud, which will just add more confusion from an end user perspective."

Ronan Miles, Chairman of the UK Oracle User Group added that the industry has been victims of maintaining a fashion parade and that the Cloud industry is selling to itself. "Large customers are engaging with large vendors. My criticism is that we have turned the Cloud into a fashion industry and we've been selling to a closed room of the same old buyers.

"We've developed a huge language of complexity that we are immersing our customers in. We are selling IT to IT. Now how does that truly move us forward? When you clear the fog of hype which is cloud you find that there are a herd of elephants in the room. It is IT's responsibility to deal with those elephants and to deal with the cloud of hype."

Nick Coleman, IBM's Cloud Security Leader and a BCS Fellow added that there's a lack of understanding of what Cloud involves and that security is a major topic of discussion, yet the understanding is limited. "Looking at security, the challenge of moving to Cloud is that for many customers, they had a data centre, they knew where it was located, they physically knew where it was, and they knew to a high degree where data was provisioned. As you move to a Cloud model, all of those become challenges."

Fujitsu's Darren Ratcliffe agreed that when talking to enterprise customers it's about security, availability and reliability. "They aren't interested in knowing what's running it these days. They want to come to a large enterprise Cloud provider and go on a journey with them to take their existing IT estate and bring it into a utility computing environment."

In an effort to make it a more understandable environment, two of the key areas to be considered regarding Cloud Computing are procurement and governance."If you are into outsourcing you are into buying services already," said IBM's Chris Francis. "We have Private, Hybrid and Public Clouds.

And there's also Cloud as infrastructure service; Cloud as an application development platform; and Cloud as Software as a Service. Right from the word go, you need to outline your journey. You have to take a good look at where you are now, where you want to take your applications and computing requirements in the future, and make sure that all decisions you make along the way will help you on that journey."

Xabier Ormazabal at discussed its recent announcement to accelerate the market shift to the next Cloud Computing paradigm, Cloud 2, which represents the next generation of Cloud Computing - one that is inherently social, collaborative and delivers real-time access to data and information across new mobile devices.

"'Chatter' is the collaboration Cloud - and the idea there is that within the context of the enterprise environment it's about getting relevant information or documents, and getting alerts and status updates about who is viewing what, what information they want to follow and what information is relevant to them. Those are the kind of paradigms that are being successful for over half a billion users in the consumer Web - why wait around to give back to the users, and why not drive the creativity?"

Phil Heap at FAST Ltd concluded: "At the moment there's still a lot of immaturity and confusion in the market, and a lot of people don't know how they will adopt it especially when it comes to licensing. Organisations still need strong software asset management practices and policies - they still need to know what they've got, how much is being used, who's using it, where it's being used, and if you're outsourcing, you need to know how much they will charge you and whether it will change next year or the year after.

"Ultimately, those issues don't really change. It just adds another layer of complexity. Licensing issues have now opened up from the number of ways you may be receiving your IT services. So the need for the expertise and consultation in the business, whether internal or external, of whether you migrate to the Cloud is important."
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