Although the benefits of using cloud computing to provide IT as a service appeals to many end users, IT professionals in Canada tend to bring up two main barriers to adoption: loss of control over data and the implications of the US Patriot Act should the data reside in the US.
Mary Allen, from IT in Canada, did an extensive interview with John Weigelt, National Technology Officer at Microsoft Canada, about how these perceptions stack up against reality. The resulting article can be read on the IT in Canada website and I would encourage you to read it in its entirety. However, for those in a hurry, here is my condensed version of what John has to say:
John also talks about bringing cloud philosophies into internal data centres to make IT operations more efficient with better control and visibility. I’ve talked a lot over the past years about Core Infrastructure Optimization and this is one way to move your IT organization along that continuum from basic and reactive to more dynamic and strategic.
Read the entire interview or go to the Microsoft Cloud Power site to learn more about our cloud offerings.
And here’s a teaser for you..we’ll be touching on some of these issues during the upcoming Align IT tour. Yes, that’s right we’ll be out on tour again starting in mid-March. The official tour site hasn’t launched yet, so I can’t divulge all the details just yet but suffice to say that there will be something for development managers as well as infrastructure managers and a cloud discussion will definitely be in the mix. Stay tuned for more information coming soon!