From the server room to the board room, there is a lot of talk about “the cloud” — and for good reason. The cloud offers organizations — and their information technology (IT) staffs, in particular — a number of important benefits ranging from increased efficiencies to scalability. Taking advantage of these benefits requires understanding the various cloud models available and how they can best meet your organization’s specific needs.
This guide provides information to help you do that, including an overview of cloud characteristics, deployment models and service models. Also included are evaluation criteria to help in selecting cloud services that can best meet your organization’s needs and in assessing prospective cloud service providers (CSPs) that can deliver what you need, when you need it, the way you need it.