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Elasticity Plus Green Progress

By Susan Nunziata  |  Posted 07-21-2010 Print

We had the chance to speak with Dean Del Vecchio, SVP CIO/CAO at Dow Jones and a member of the Gartner Global IT Council for Cloud Computing, to gain further insight into the council's recently released "6 Rights of Cloud Computing." This guideline is sorely needed for CIOs contemplating further cloud initiatives.

A major benefit, says Del Vecchio, is "the elasticity of being able to grow or shrink on demand. Provisioning is much more dynamic [in the cloud]. We are able to allocate resources from one place to another."

In addition, Del Vecchio emphasizes the "green" benefits. "In the past year and a half we have been able to reduce our output carbon by almost 180 metric tons of per year," he says. "We are also saving a large portion of kilowatt power we would have had to add to put in the same amount of resources internally."

Eventually, external cloud solutions may meet the needs of global enterprises, says Del Vecchio. But there is a long way to go. "I think we're one to two years off," he says. "As cloud environments become more mature, where they can dynamically allocate data and put boundaries and paramaters about where data can be moved, that is where offerings will start maturing. We are just at the cusp of having them be able to allow companies to view exactly where their data resides."


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