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Above the Clouds: Managing Risk in the World of Cloud Computing by Kevin T. McDonald

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Chapter 2. Preflight Check

A US government CIO when asked, “Assuming that the Cloud is the future for a lot of current computing functions, what can an organization do now to prepare and future-proof their organization?” replied, “Find out what you have. That is the best place to start”.

So, from that, we begin a discussion of your computing architecture. Architecture may seem a bit boring. Enterprise architects analyze and document the current system design, starting with a high level of how systems are connected, burrowing down into the application connections and sometimes even the connections within an application. Understanding the current environment is an important first step to changing it for the better. Once finished, as with painting ...

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