Dispelling the vapor around cloud computing

In recent years, cloud computing environments have beengaining popularity. In the IBMGlobal CIO Study 2009, when asked about their most important visionary initiatives, cloud computing was cited by more than one-third of CIOs as being among the most important.

The many inherent benefits of a cloud environment make it attractive to organizations looking to speed service deliveryand increase IT efficiencies while supporting information management, service management and service-oriented archi-tecture (SOA) initiatives. While cloud computing offers distinct advantages, organizations that are considering adoptionmust carefully strategize about delivery models, workloads and infrastructure readiness.