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how to evaluate if cloud computing is suitable for an organization

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Did anyone see any good white paper or information of how to investigate if cloud computer is for an organization?
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What Cloud Applications were you considering?
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The other expert is right in that it will help to know specifics.  But in general terms there are some things you can think about. How do costs compare to hosting something in-house? Costs aren't everything though. Is the app something that a company can do better than you can?  We chose to host several apps instead of carving out server space and working with an app in house that really wasn't in our high experience level; they just did it better than we could. What bandwidth would be required? We thought about hosting Exchange in the cloud, but were concerned that the latency for a user opening a large attachment might be too great.  

What kind of security does the cloud company have at their data-center and is the transmission across the Internet secure? you under any special regs that might preclude you doing a cloud solution? How stable is your Internet connection?  What is your risk tolerance for that app should you lose Internet connection? Is it more secure to have it hosted because the hoster has multiple data centers and good backup routines whereas you would be more hard pressed to provide that level of DR and security.
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I would start by reading the Microsoft CRM Online, which is available as part of the Microsoft Cloud Power Solution, BPOS. Trails available for 30 days.

But check all there whitepapers.

http://www.microsoft.com/online/dynamics-crm-online.aspx
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Something else to consider. Does the app that you might want to live in the cloud have to interface with any local applications like SQL server and if so, can that we done efficiently, or at all, from the cloud hosted app.
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