Deep Dive: Connections to the Cloud

As we continue our exploration of cloud computing, we’ve hit a critical topic: connections. By that we mean the connections that will be required to make cloud computing a reality – whether that be connections between partners to provide a full end-to-end solution, industry standards connecting different vendors’ products or the connections between the network and the apps. Understanding how these connections work is essential in reaching a successful cloud computing model. It’s also a complex and little-discussed topic.

In this expert roundtable, Qwest cloud experts and Nemertes Research Senior Analyst Ted Ritter answer the following questions:

  • What is the role of standards in the development of cloud services?
  • Is the Internet the ideal platform for the cloud?
  • What is the role of the network in the cloud? As Ted asks, is it still just a “thing” in the middle of an architect’s network drawing?

How would you answer these questions? Do you think the “connections” get overlooked?

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