Window on WANs

Sep 26 2010   10:47PM GMT

Cloud hype dies away, cloud deployments here to stay

Tessa Parmenter Tessa Parmenter Profile: Tessa Parmenter

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Many vendors and analysts alike have agreed on one technology trend that’s here to stay: cloud computing. While the hype around cloud computing has been deafening over the last year or so, many industry experts agree that cloud hype has died away (which is not to say that the Gartner cloud hype cycle will die down). Instead, cloud deployments have taken the place of cloud buzz. Verticals that have caught the cloud deployment fever include the healthcare industry (as seen in this Help at Home case study) and the manufacturing industry (as illustrated in this private cloud computing case study from furniture manufacturer MasterBrand Cabinets).

Now that enterprises are seriously considering the cloud computing model, thought it time to feature a cloud computing tutorial for WAN managers. While it’s one thing to understand what cloud computing is, it’s another to understand what cloud means to the wide area network. Will you need to buy more bandwidth to support cloud computing? How do you know which networking tasks can be outsourced to cloud? These questions and more are answered in our comprehensive cloud tutorial. If you have any comments after reading it, send them to

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