April 1, 2011
Department's Management of Cloud Computing Services
Cloud computing enables convenient, on-demand access to shared computing resources that can be rapidly provided to users. According to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and industry experts, benefits of the cloud computing model include the ability to more effectively manage Information Technology (IT) resources while reducing operating costs. For instance, it permits organizations to plan computer usage and add or subtract resources as necessary rather than invest in hardware and software that may be needed but not necessarily frequently used. In addition, the cloud computing model can increase employee mobility by allowing access to computing resources regardless of physical location. Furthermore, it allows IT personnel to be more flexible in the allocation of resources, allowing them to focus less on maintenance and more on innovation.