Cloud Computing — as You Like It

By Rick Blaisdell

In one of my previous articles, “How to Choose Your Cloud Provider,” I mentioned how important flexibility is when choosing a cloud provider. And I believe this is important because I know it’s a question being asked by many: Will the cloud software be tailored the way I want it, or will it be tailored on how the other hundreds or thousands of customers want it? And the short answer is that it can and it should be customized to fit your needs.

Of course, the major public cloud providers will have various pricing plans offering standard services based on what they think most businesses want. The market is dominated by cloud-based SaaS applications like Google Apps and Zoho, which are open to anybody and which offer a low level of customization for those willing to pay for it.

But there are many cloud providers who offer tailor-made cloud services, as opposed to ready made. In a previous article, “How Is the Software Outsourcing Industry Embracing the Cloud,” I commented on how one of the industry trends is custom cloud computing services, and I believe businesses should take advantage of these services.

These are a few key issues to think about:

  • Your cloud computing service provider must allow you the freedom to customize the applications to best respond to your business requirements.
  • The provider has to let you create the interface that manages the virtualized servers, according to your needs.
  • You need to be able to add and drop managed services as they are needed.
  • And of course, don’t forget about scalability and utility pricing — you should never pay for a service you don’t use.

Cloud solutions can be designed and built specifically for you. They should provide the very best matched available facilities, equipment and applications, so that the solution comes precisely to the level of service you require. And you may be surprised at how affordable it can be.

Rick Blaisdell is an accomplished technical and business leader and a pioneer in the cloud computing field and in delivering the next generation of business technology. Focused on results, he has implemented revolutionary solutions to cut costs and improve efficiency. He is a creative thinker and visionary in the area of cloud computing. You can read more about him on his personal website,, or e-mail him directly at
Originally published: Oct 4, 2011

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