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Today in Cloud

Over at InformationWeek, Charles Babcock reports on yesterday’s presentation by James Staten of Forrester. Babcock paraphrases Staten’s words and incorporates aspects of Joe Weinman’s 10 Laws of Cloudonomics, writing that “the way to get the benefit of the cloud is to use it when you need, shrink your use as demand decreases, and shut it off when demand has gone away.” Whilst there’s obviously a lot more to the cloud, this is worth remembering; you only have it or pay for it whilst you need it and are using it. Now isn’t that better than all those idle servers, whirring away in the basement?