Too many extolling the virtues of cloud computing are ignoring many of its most transformational benefits
The last two months have presented several large “black eyes” for cloud computing. As a result, cloud computing pundits have questioned the readiness of cloud computing for the enterprise. In response, cloud computing advocates have highlighted reliability metrics far better than those of any enterprise. Who is right and who is wrong in this argument? They both are.
Countless companies now claim to provide cloud computing-based products. However, at first glance it is easy for ASP- and SaaS-based delivery too look like true cloud computing. How can you tell the difference: with two simple “acid tests.”
Businesses and consumers love the flexibility of SaaS. However, this flexibility brings a “dark” side: less predictability – and ultimately – less control. Four SaaS pricing models address this challenge, in different ways – and for very different markets.