Geva Perry: We are witnessing a seismic shift in information technology - the kind that comes around every decade or so. It is so massive that it affects not only business models, but the underlying architecture of how we develop, deploy, run and deliver applications. This shift has given a new relevance to ideas such as cloud computing and utility computing. Not surprisingly, these two different ideas are often lumped together.
Web-based software, storage, and other services are enticing alternatives to do-it-yourself IT. But different cloud vendors have different strengths. When people talk about "plugging into the IT cloud," they generally have something very simple in mind-browser access to an application hosted on the Web. Cloud computing is certainly that, but it's also much more. What follows is the longer, more detailed explanation.
Providing expert guidance on integrating utility computing within an organization, this timely, easy-to-understand resource offers a unified view of this increasingly important service provisioning model. Cutting through the marketing hype the book clearly explains the rationale behind utility computing strategies from major vendors, sucha as IBM, HP, and SUN. Professionals find detailed presentations of key technologies behind utility computing and how they can be implemented and adapted within today's service-oriented organization environment, the nitty-gritty of enterprise application architecture and how independent software vendors can turn licensed applications into software as a service applications, real-world case studies that show how utility computing transcends different industries, and a wide range of utility computing solutions, to help professionals choose the options that are best suited totheir organizations.
An eye-opening look at the new computer revolution and the coming transformation of our economy, society, and culture. A hundred years ago, companies stopped producing their own power with steam engines and generators and plugged into the newly built electric grid. The cheap power pumped out by electric utilities not only changed how businesses operated but also brought the modern world into existence. Today a similar revolution is under way. Companies are dismantling their private computer systems and tapping into rich services delivered over the Internet. This time it's computing that's turning into a utility. The shift is already remaking the computer industry, bringing new competitors like Google to the fore and threatening traditional stalwarts like Microsoft and Dell. But the effects will reach much further. Cheap computing will ultimately change society as profoundly as cheap electricity did. In this lucid and compelling book, Nicholas Carr weaves together history, economics, and technology to explain why computing is changingâ€”and what it means for all of us.
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In football, an audible is a quarterback's opportunity to change his strategy after seeing the defense line up on the field. A slew of vendors - advocates of so-called utility computing - are promising to give IT executives the tools to likewise deploy IT resources on the fly as business conditions change.
Utility computing companies are facing 'life and death' choices as they struggle to adapt in a market sector undergoing seismic changes. The Register, 07/01/2004.
The idea is to make computing power into another pay-as-you-go service -- like water or electricity. But beware of the hype. Business Week, August 25, 2003.