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Moving to the Cloud: A Guide for Small & Medium Enterprises "SMEs"
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Informatics and Media, Information Systems.
2011 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Computing, as many other utilities, has seen many fluctuations during its development path. It was first centralized with the use of mainframes. Decades later, with the emergence of personal computers and software, computing evolved to follow a more distributed model. It has since the 90s, and thanks to the increased available bandwidth, started to gradually go back to being centralized again. Nowadays, providers are able to deliver software, processing power and storage … via internet giving birth to a new technique called cloud computing. This new paradigm brings many advantages to companies. It allows enterprises to buy, or better said rent, the resources they need from cloud providers, thus avoiding massive investment on IT infrastructure.This thesis will try to define the cloud computing paradigm, present the benefits and risks associated with it and finally provide guidelines designed to facilitate the move of small and medium enterprises to the cloud. This will be achieved by the review of surveys and case studies performed by established researchers and organizations, as well as the study of literature and articles related to the subject.The findings show that cloud computing has not reached its maturity yet; there are still many risks involved with it. Nonetheless, the potential benefits cloud computing solutions offer to enterprises, make a good case for a gradual move to the cloud.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. , 41 p.
Keyword [en]
Cloud computing, Cloud, Cloud services, Software as a Service, Platform as a Service, Infrastructure as a Service, SME, Cloud solution.
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-155490OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-155490DiVA: diva2:426238
Subject / course
Information Systems
Educational program
Bachelor programme in Information Systems
Available from: 2011-06-23 Created: 2011-06-22 Last updated: 2011-06-23Bibliographically approved

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