By R. Byron Attridge, Jr., ClubDrive Systems Inc.
The recent implosion of the Real Estate and Financial markets has been quite a harsh wake-up call for everyone. No one understands the resulting pinch better than CFO's & CIO's that are forced to "do more with less" in order for their companies to survive. Interestingly enough, the wake-up call has coincided with the emergence of "Cloud Computing" as viable and cost-effective IT solution. After all, why did non-IT businesses get into the IT business in the first place? Why would you have rooms full of complex, difficult to maintain, energy hogging IT equipment in a Law Firm, a Medical Practice, a Hospital, a Bank, or an Investment Firm?
The answer is simple: They had no choice. In order for businesses to have access to the data and applications needed to operate, they had to adopt the defacto model for business computing: Distributed Computing. Over 30 years ago, distributed computing emerged out the need to push increasingly-large volumes of data and ever-growing applications through a data infrastructure whose capacity was rapidly being outstripped.