Cloud Computing best practice #6: Check out available Cloud capabilities Posted on June 14, 2012 by Tim Burke Every day, there are new kinds of cloud computing services and solutions. And for good reason: Cloud innovation is gaining momentum and shows no signs of slowing. This is exciting news for business leaders who understand the competitive advantages that Cloud can bring them. Here, I run down (oh so briefly) six of today’s leading Cloud capabilities. These are the most mature, the capabilities most tried and tested in the real world: Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) — at the heart of any Cloud environment is a comprehensive, integrated Cloud infrastructure that exploits virtualization and autonomic management synergies and provides end-to-end security and virtual machine isolation Desktop as a Service (DaaS) — enables rapid deployment of desktops on virtually any device with the software, storage, and access that you specify while avoiding the upfront costs and complexity of traditional desktop virtualization Data Protection/Security as a Service — effectively identifies, monitors, and protects data in use, data in motion, and data at rest, and enforces policies to ensure protection Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity as a Service (DRaaS) — backs up your data and apps to a safe, highly secure remote location, provides highly available and reliable virtualized data storage with advanced replication and restore functionalities so you can remain operational throughout any disruption Messaging & Collaboration as a Service — voice, video, and conferencing services that enable real-time collaboration over a network between participants in multiple meeting formats, often with support for a wide range of other related capabilities Application Development/Test as a Service — an environment for developing and testing software where real-world conditions can be simulated without compromising day-to-day IT operations or incurring the cost of having to scale up your on-premise IT environment. Next time: Cloud Computing best practices #5 and #4.