CLASS: CLD0001
The Business Case for Cloud Computing Services

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This class focuses on the business case for adopting Cloud Computing Services into a Solution Provider's deliverables.

Gartner Inc., one of the leading information technology research and advisory companies, posits that Cloud computing will be a catalyst to a new way of consuming IT services by customers, as evidenced by their assertion “Cloud computing heralds an evolution of business that is no less influential than e-business”.

As a result of the tremendous interest in the Cloud by end user customers and providers of Cloud Computing services, Gartner has included it in their Gartner Hype Cycle analysis.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology; or NIST, has developed the following working definition of Cloud Computing: Cloud computing is a model for enabling 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. This cloud model promotes availability and is composed of five essential characteristics, three service models, and four deployment models.

The business case for Cloud Computing Services include their positioning and relatively short timeline to mainstream adoption according to Gartner’s Hype Cycle, the value these services provide to customers, and the extreme satisfaction rating for Cloud Services among them, along with their forecasted growth in the market.

Additional benefits to providers include the ease of sale, implementation and ongoing maintenance for these services, as well as their subscription pricing model that allows exponentially growing annuities to be realized over time as more and more customers are engaged for them.

Class Length: 33 min

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