This week's polling question is: Do cloud services mean the end of IT as we know it?
What will the true effects of the cloud be? Steven Song, Security Business Manager at Cisco Systems, Inc., believes that it will forever change the way we do business. "Cloud computing is more than just a technology," he says. "It is a strategic way to enable full business transformation."
How exactly is cloud computing transforming business IT as we know it? By changing the way information and services are provided and consumed. "It does so by dynamically pooling, scaling, and allocating IT resources and by automating applications and services so that they are easier than ever to access," explains Song.
And businesses are rapidly catching on: "According to a Gartner 2011 CIO survey, almost half of all CIOs expect to operate their applications and infrastructures via cloud within the next five years," Song says.
However, your IT department will still remain critical--perhaps even more than ever. The cloud comes with risks, making it essential that businesses have an expert tech team in place to protect and manage data and respond to any issues that may arise. But, the fact remains--cloud computing will likely forever alter the IT landscape as we know it.
What do you think the cloud's impact on IT will be? Tell us in the poll on the right-hand side of this page. Or respond in the commenting forums below.
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