Cloud Computing: Best Practices for Migrating to Microsoft Business Productivity Online Suite
A PointBridge Whitepaper by PointBridge Microsoft MVP Jeff Schertz and
Quest Software Product Manager Keith Ridings
The very name "cloud" implies something vague about computing. It has been called many things: "software as a service", "software plus services" or "hosted applications".
Most common definitions of cloud computing involve an organization paying a monthly fee for a service - usually a service that the organization would have built using internal resources. In short, cloud computing means trading your own servers, applications, or the infrastructure to run these applications in your own facilities.
The cloud implies a layer of abstraction: the customer accesses their data, but does not have full visibility into how the data becomes available.
Microsoft’s cloud computing offering, the Business Productivity Online Suite, follows this model: for a fee, Microsoft will provide each user in an organization with e-mail, instant messaging, presence, Web conferencing, and access to an intranet portal for collaboration. There is no server software, hardware, storage or maintenance costs.
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