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One of the often-hyped advantages of the cloud is the speed with which you can deploy a new service. In theory, you can whack down your credit card details and instantly have something working. But in reality, any full-scale shift to the cloud is going to require a planning process that takes months, if not years.

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We're often told that cloud computing is the future, but making that assertion seems premature when arguments over what "the cloud" actually is continue to rage. Once that becomes clear, everything falls into place.

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Getting non-technical types to understand the function and value of a hosted data centre can be tricky. If you're struggling to get management to comprehend the potential usefulness of data centre technology, consider the airport analogy.

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Considering a move to the cloud and not sure whether to go private or public? A key issue is identifying the 'tipping point' — that stage where the ongoing costs of a public cloud solution outstrip those of setting up your own equipment.

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It seems obvious that virtualisation should offer the potential to save on licensing costs, but how does that actually work out in practice? The example of ING Bank provides some answers, and also demonstrates how private cloud deployments, virtualisation and improved disaster recovery often operate hand in hand.

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Windows/Mac/Linux: If you're interested in the idea of cloud computing and remote access to your files but are a bit paranoid about putting your data on some third party server, Tonido is a great compromise.