Summary: the point and value of Cloud Services can sometimes seem elusive. Here's a well received presentation that includes a simple, workable definition and seven case studies that illustrate different types of 'Cloud Services' / xAAS (Network, Platform, infrastructure-As-A-Service).
Oracle's VP Cloud & Comms, Neil Sholay, presented on Cloud Services at the Nov 2010 EMEA Telco 2.0 Executive Brainstorm. The Telco 2.0 team, and many of the delegates present, found his presentation very useful in making sense of the sometimes obscure world of cloud services. Please see the video below - Members of the Telco 2.0 Executive Briefing Service can also download his presentation here (for membership details please see here, or to join, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call +44 (0) 44 207 247 5003). Cloud Services will also feature at Best Practice Live!, Feb 2-3 2011, and the 2011 Telco 2.0 Executive Brainstorms.
Neil then presented the following examples, including real-world financial and operational benefits data: