21 June 2011 16:15:50
While small businesses have been widely touted as the prime movers behind recent increases in cloud computing use, eWeek reported this week that McDonald's is also moving much of its IT operation into the cloud.
The fast food giant's global infrastructure lab manager, Scott Farnum, told the tech news site that the Golden Arches would look to IT service providers for many important tasks.
"McDonald's is a hamburger company; we don't want to be in the IT business. We want to focus on what we do best. And we are always on the lookout for firms to come in and provide consulting services on their respective technologies to help us do what we need to do from a business perspective," he said in an interview.
The fact that the demands on McDonald's IT staff vary from year to year was a major reason for the company's move into the cloud, Farnum told eWeek. The ability to easily scale back on costly computing resources when they're not needed is a potentially transformative one.
Businesses that identify the cloud's central advantages as being well-suited to their needs should definitely give the framework a look, experts say.
-McAfee Cloud Security