The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is trying to help.
Written by Todd Thibodeaux
Cloud computing is a transformative delivery model that is changing the way technology vendors, distributors, resellers, and consumers think about, approach, and implement IT systems. What exactly "the cloud" is remains a matter of debate, as there are more than two dozen definitions for cloud computing. Further, how the cloud is applied to the conventional IT channel is relatively uncharted and may ultimately prove difficult to pin down.
Resilience has been described as the ability of a business to maintain a continuous flow of operations under virtually any condition. Yet, it's no news that unplanned interruptions in business attributable to human error and technological failure are widespread: Downtime and disruptions in primary business processes are estimated to cost companies millions of dollars a year in lost revenue.