Cloud signals the advent of a fundamental revolution in the IT industry—promising infinitely flexible capacity, available almost instantly, and at very cost-effective prices.

All the major players in the IT industry, the pure Internet players and telco operators have developed their own Cloud offerings. Alliances have been formed to prepare and position for Cloud, which now covers the entire IT landscape and value chain. This array of alliances within the industry has, along with the lack of an agreed definition, created a diverse range of interpretations of the terminology, purpose and benefits of Cloud Computing.

This document clarifies the value and the impacts of Cloud Computing specifically—discussing technical and non-technical issues that organizations face, and highlighting the strategies that organizations may adopt during their migration to Cloud Computing.