Companies use the term "cloud computing" a lot these days. Too much, really. The term is hyped to no end.
So it is encouraging to see a real example of cloud computing from Alfresco Software.
Alfresco is teaming with Right Scale to offer a service that allows users to scale up and down their use of Alfresco's open-source content management software. Users pay according to how much they use the service. The service uses RightScale's cloud management platform.
Let's use a few of Governor's points to show how Alfresco measures up.
If it takes more than ten minutes to provision... its not a cloud.
Alfresco says it takes just minutes to get the service up and running. We tried it and had it going within five minutes.
If there is a consultant in the room... its not a cloud.
If you know where the machines are... its not a cloud.
Perhaps the most important factor for us is the ability to scale or scale back when needed. That makes for a compelling use model and truly embraces cloud computing.