Chapter 2

Developing Your Strategy

As we touched on in the previous chapter, cloud computing is really all about applications and data. This is a pretty big shift from the pure infrastructure/development split that has dominated most IT departments in the last 20 years. The cloud enables consumers to manage infrastructure through abstractions. This fact may seem like a scary prospect, but it's important to appreciate that infrastructure isn't going away with cloud computing. It's becoming simpler than ever before for your users to consume services, which in turn frees you from a lot of repetitive tasks like provisioning and changing machines for consumers.

Careful design, planning, management, and operations are still necessary, but in many ways ...

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