The term the Cloud has become commonplace in discussion on IT provision. This briefing paper is intended to highlight the reasons for considering cloud provision, to outline some of the challenges and risks assciated with use of the Cloud, and to assist in internal discussion on IT provision. The paper also includes descriptions of some of the common terms used.
It is probable that most of the issues highlighted and terms used in the paper will be familiar to IT Directors and their staff. The main purpose of the briefing paper is to assist members of IT/IS departments in discussions with senior management within their institutions who may be less familliar with the concept of cloud provision.