Cloud Computing: An Overview
sponsored by Joyent

An increasing number of businesses are discovering that cloud computing can save them significant operating and capital expenses. However, cost is not the only reason companies are moving to cloud computing. This paper examines the many strategic business benefits behind the adoption of cloud computing in small, medium-sized, and enterprise companies. As with many new technologies proposed for improving business processes, customers have legitimate questions about adapting their critical applications and data to these technologies. Similarly, myths and misperceptions of new technologies may easily spread with little basis or justification. This paper addresses potential business concerns and prevalent misperceptions of cloud computing and offers interested businesses concrete advice for making informed decisions. Finally, this paper broadly describes the cloud computing architecture that Joyent offers, including the company’s unique approach to pricing, flexibility, performance, and business resilience.

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