Inside CSC World
by Chris Sapardanis
Data storage for a few cents per gigabyte. Virtual servers that can be turned on and off like a light switch. An entire infrastructure composed of software instead of hardware.
“Welcome to the new world of information technology,” wrote CSC’s Leading Edge Forum in 2009. Their report, Cloud rEvolution, explored the emerging technology that has quickly become a defining IT trend of the 21st century.
Today, cloud computing gives organizations access to often shared and sometimes dispersed resources — the driving benefits being increased flexibility and lower costs.
Cloud computing is a key component of the so-called as a service economy, where business services are bought or subscribed to as services. But there are challenges.
While privacy and security concerns in the cloud are often discussed, export control is another critical issue.
Export control relates to regulations that countries put in place to restrict the export of various sensitive items, such as information and software. Country-specific regulations governing privacy and data protection vary greatly.
In Europe, for example, laws restrict the transfer of information about individuals outside EU-member states. These laws prevent some companies from moving to the cloud, where data may be stored on servers elsewhere.
That’s why many of our clients ask, “Where is the cloud?” In this issue, we travel to a few customers to answer that question and show how CSC is offering customizable public, private and hybrid cloud solutions around the world.
We also speak with IDC about a new report on how to select and manage cloud services, and visit CSC Canada’s new president to hear about IT changes taking place in the Canadian public sector.
We hope you enjoy the issue.
Chris Sapardanis is editor of CSC World.