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Cloud Computing: The Business Perspective

34 Pages Posted: 3 Jun 2009 Last revised: 26 Jul 2014

Sean R. Marston

University of Florida - Warrington College of Business Administration

Zhi Li

Babson College; University of Florida - Warrington College of Business Administration

Subhajyoti Bandyopadhyay

University of Florida - Warrington College of Business Administration

Anand Ghalsasi

Lirik Inc.

Juheng Zhang

University of Florida

Date Written: November 23, 2009

Abstract

The evolution of cloud computing over the past few years is potentially one of the major advances in the history of computing. However, if cloud computing is to achieve its potential, there needs to be a clear understanding of the various issues involved, both from the perspectives of the providers and the consumers of the technology. While a lot of research is currently taking place in the technology itself, there is an equally urgent need for understanding the business-related issues surrounding cloud computing. In this article, we identify the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats for the cloud computing industry. We then identify the various issues that will affect the different stakeholders of cloud computing. We also issue a set of recommendations for the practitioners who will provide and manage this technology. For IS researchers, we outline the different areas of research that need attention so that we are in a position to advice the industry in the years to come. Finally, we outline some of the key issues facing governmental agencies who, due to the unique nature of the technology, will have to become intimately involved in the regulation of cloud computing.

Keywords: computing, virtualization, web services, software as a service, cloud computing issues framework, on-demand computing, scalable computing, CAPEX versus OPEX, cloud computing and regulation

Suggested Citation

Marston, Sean R. and Li, Zhi and Bandyopadhyay, Subhajyoti and Ghalsasi, Anand and Zhang, Juheng, Cloud Computing: The Business Perspective (November 23, 2009). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1413545 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1413545

Sean R. Marston

University of Florida - Warrington College of Business Administration ( email )

Gainesville, FL 32611
United States

Zhi Li

Babson College ( email )

Babson Hall 218E
Babson College
Babson Park, MA MA 02457
United States

University of Florida - Warrington College of Business Administration ( email )

Gainesville, FL 32611
United States

Subhajyoti Bandyopadhyay (Contact Author)

University of Florida - Warrington College of Business Administration ( email )

Gainesville, FL 32611
United States

Anand Ghalsasi

Lirik Inc. ( email )

1525 McCarthy Blvd.
Suite 228
Milpitas, CA 95035
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.lirik.io

Juheng Zhang

University of Florida ( email )

PO Box 117165, 201 Stuzin Hall
Gainesville, FL 32610-0496
United States

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