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Cloud Computing: The Limits of Public Clouds for Business Applications
November/December 2010 (vol. 14 no. 6)
pp. 90-93
Paul Hofmann, SAP Labs
Dan Woods, CITO Research
The cloud computing model — especially the public cloud — is unsuited to many business applications and is likely to remain so for many years due to fundamental limitations in architecture and design. Enterprises that move their IT to the cloud are likely to encounter challenges such as security, interoperability, and limits on their ability to tailor their ERP to their business processes. The cloud can be a revolutionary technology, especially for small startups, but the benefits wane for larger enterprises with more complex IT needs. Utility computing still cannot match the "plug-and-play" simplicity of electricity. On the other hand, private clouds offer the benefits like scale and virtualization with fewer drawbacks.
Index Terms:
Cloud computing, utility computing, private clouds
Paul Hofmann, Dan Woods, "Cloud Computing: The Limits of Public Clouds for Business Applications," IEEE Internet Computing, vol. 14, no. 6, pp. 90-93, Nov.-Dec. 2010, doi:10.1109/MIC.2010.136
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