What is cloud computing?

Six experts and enterprise end users weigh in on their definition of cloud computing.

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What is cloud computing? Six experts and enterprise end users weigh in on their definition of cloud computing.

"Technical skills will set the foundation for the IT team but the ongoing focus for cloud will be on project management, delivery capabilities and maturity, and an understanding of project life cycles."

– Alex Zavgorodni, director, storage management, EmblemHealth

"People are starting to understand all the different options and what are the right ones for them."

Geva Perry, independent cloud strategist

Mark White, CTO of Deloitte Consulting's technology practice, says that enterprises are adopting cloud computing at a quicker-than-anticipated rate -- a situation he attributes to the economic downturn that hit two years ago.

"Executives who are innovative and willing to take a few risks are the ones who will succeed with the advent of cloud computing. They'll look like heroes as they take infrastructure costs down by running systems outside the firewall on the Amazon or Google cloud."

– David Linthicum, CTO at Blue Mountain Labs, a cloud consulting firm, and cloud computing blogger at InfoWorld, a Network World sister publication

– Jim Buczkowski, Henry Ford technical fellow and director of electrical and electronic systems research & advanced engineering, Ford Motor Co.

– David DiMeo, service delivery network operations manager, Ford Motor Co. DiMeo says cloud computing has become a means of innovation at Ford.