Well, here we are in mid-2010 and cloud computing is still in its nascent stages—even in the face of industry hype and the market’s anticipation. Depending on where you stand in the world of information technology, or where your customers stand, the cloud is either a far-off promise of powerful solutions and growth or a viable, efficient and strong option today.
Much investment has yet to be made in building out application support for cloud-based IT, and in building enterprise-level uptime and reliability. It’s getting better, though. For example, companies like Amazon.com provide more transparency than ever into their own uptime and reliability numbers, and a number of third-party companies, such as Apparrent Networks, provide better tools for monitoring and benchmarking performance of cloud services and infrastructure. Read the rest of this entry »