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Cloud Computing : Strategic Flexibility – Part 28 (Last Part)

December 20, 2013

Seven rights and responsibilities of cloud service consumers according to Gartner Global IT Council

  1.  The right to maintain ownership, use, and control of one’s own self data.
  2.  The right to service-level agreements that address liabilities, remediation, and business outcomes.
  3.  The right to notice and make selection about modifications that affect the service consumer’s business processes.
  4.  The right to know the technical limitations or requirements of the service upfront.
  5.  The right to know the legal requirements of jurisdictions in which the provider operates.
  6.  The right to know what security processes the provider follows.
  7.  The responsibility to understand and adhere to software license requirements.


Cloud computing, virtual business services, or third-party provisioning of critical services, are included in today’s directory of business-enabling tools. They are helpful in enabling small scale businesses to offer services once available only to customers of large organizations.

The three general factors that are associated with cloud computing “flexibility” are as follows: 

1. - Location :

Clients can access a cloud system from any internet-enabled location, like it can be from a desktop, or can be accessible from laptop or either mobile device. This can comprise of customers, clients and other business partners, under suitable security.

2. - Hardware :

There is no requirement of buying server side equipments with cloud applications, and it’s much simple to request supplementary cloud capacity than to procure additional on-premise hardware. Cloud systems and applications benefit from economies of scale, normally using virtualization, which translates into lower costs to users.

3. - User Numbers :

With cloud systems and its applications it is comparatively quick, simple and cheap to add additional users when needed. This allows a lower entry level, and flexibility for the future requirements and modifications.

So cloud systems and its applications provides flexibility that on-premise systems generally do not recommend. The investigation has shown that to many people, this is the most significant driver for adoption of cloud services.

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