Maria Spinola

Cloud Computing Researcher, Copywriter, Evangelist & Advisor at Independent

Maria Spinola is a Researcher, Strategic IT Marketing and Innovation Adviser, White Paper Copywriter and Cloud Computing Evangelist with more than 15 years experience in enterprise information technologies.

She holds a Software Engineering degree and a "Marketing, Innovation in Retail and Distribution" pos-graduation.

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Article: Real-World Cloud Computing Applications
Here is a list of links to some real-world Cloud Computing applications from companies in a variety of industries.

Article: What are the Cloud Computing Challenges and Risks? Part 2: Cloud Challenges
An overview and analysis of the challenges of Cloud Computing adoption, including: Security, Ensuring Compliance in the Cloud, Monitoring SLA's and Contracts, Integration with your Legacy Systems, Moving Applications from one Cloud to Another, The Delicate Balance between Risks and Benefits.

Article: What are the Cloud Computing Challenges and Risks? Part 1: Cloud Security Advantages
Most organizations pay extraordinary attention and devote considerable resources to IT security, but that doesn't mean that their data is any more or less secure. The reality is that many attacks come from a lack of timely software update management and server misconfiguration. The likelihood of such issues occuring is greatly reduced in the Cloud.

Article: What Exactly is Cloud Computing?
There are three possible Cloud Computing delivery models, however, to be considered Cloud Computing, any of these delivery models must also have certain characteristics. Here is an overview of those characteristics to help differentiate between offers that are truly Cloud Computing and those that are pre-existing offering that have the Cloud label slapped on them.

Article: Cloud Equals SaaS, Grid, Utility Computing, Hosting ...?
Sometimes it's difficult to tell whether a service is truly a Cloud Computing offering or simply a pre-existing offering that has the Cloud label slapped on it, such as hosting, outsourcing, ASP (Application Service Provider), On Demand Computing, Grid Computing, Utility Computing, SaaS (Software as a Service) and so on. Cloud Computing is not a technology revolution, but rather a process and business evolution on how we use those technologies that enables Cloud Computing.

Article: Why Should IT Directors, VP's, CIO's and CEO's Care About Cloud Computing?
Business managers know that in spite of the benefits of every new technology/business model, there are also risks and concerns. Here is some useful information even if your company has already decided not to use Cloud Computing in the near future. It is likely that some of your departments are already using cloud computing, and you will need to define a Cloud Governance Program and make it available to all your internal customers.

Paper: An Essential Guide to Possibilities and Risks of Cloud Computing PDF
A Pragmatic, Effective and Hype-Free Approach for Strategic Enterprise Decision Making. Cloud Computing is quite possibly the hottest, most discussed and often misunderstood concept in information technology (IT) today. Cloud Computing proposes to transform the way IT is deployed and managed, promising reduced implementation, maintenance costs and complexity, while accelerating innovation, providing faster time-to-market, and the ability to scale high-performance applications and infrastructures on demand. The goal of this papr is to provide a realistic perspective of the possibilities, benefits and risks of Cloud Computing, what to look for, what to avoid, and also some tips and best practices on implementation, architecture and vendor management strategies. It is important to consider all those aspects before you decide either to move or not to move your systems, applications, and/or data to the "Cloud", in a "hype free" approach.

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