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Cloud Computing for Technology Tools – Whitepaper

JazdTech has published a whitepaper on Cloud Computing and Tools for Technology.  They write:

Today, most sizable IT organizations have hundreds, if not thousands, of licenses for software tools that are critical for building and running the databases and applications that power their business. Managing these tools and their associated licenses, including deploying, provisioning, and updating them, is time-consuming and incurs many hidden costs. There are also real productivity costs when IT professionals can’t readily access the tools they need at the right time. On the other hand, putting a bunch of tools on a server with no management, provisioning or usage tracking capabilities around them can come at an even higher cost. So then, where should IT professionals or anyone else responsible for setting up and managing a tools infrastructure look for answers? The latest phenomenon sweeping the IT landscape – cloud computing – may hold the most promise to overcome this issue.

The reduced complexity, lower costs and improved scalability afforded by enterprise clouds are growing in appeal to many IT organizations. What many people fail to realize is that cloud-derived advantages such as on-demand access, shared pools and rapid provisioning are not limited to running their databases and applications. These same benefits can also be extended to help them reduce the costs and complexities of managing the myriad software tools they use to design, build and manage their systems. By employing cloud principles to set up a private cloud infrastructure for tools – a tool cloud, if you will – complete with application virtualization capabilities, organizations can centrally provision and manage licenses across their enterprise.

The emerging tool cloud approach can give IT groups within an enterprise instant access to many of the tools they need to solve critical tasks, both improving their productivity and reducing tooling costs by allowing software to be shared.

Before diving into the specifics of a tool cloud, we need to first define cloud computing and identify key attributes that characterize classic cloud computing versus a tool cloud. While a tool cloud bears some similarities to cloud computing and is able to address the issues mentioned above, it is important to note that it does not meet the common definition of cloud computing today. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) defines cloud computing as “a model for enabling convenient, on- demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications, and services) that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction”.

Here are a few important characteristics of cloud computing that carry through to the tool cloud concept:

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