Keeping an Eye on the Four Factes of Cloud Computing: Mark Lobel, Subject Expert at PricewaterhouseCoopers

In this podcast, Mark Lobel, a subject expert at PricewaterhouseCoopers, discusses the pros and cons of the four facets of cloud computing. He also touches on other cloud computing issues that should be of concern to CIOs.

Cloud computing has become an interesting and important subject on the minds of most CIOs. Its complexity has forced CIOs to think about what applications make sense to move to the cloud, what type of a cloud — internal versus external, will work best for the organization, and how does an organization know its data will be secure?

PricewaterhouseCoopers recently published its quarterly Technology Forecast with an emphasis on cloud computing. Based on material in the report, Mark Lobel, a subject expert for PricewaterhouseCoopers, looks at cloud computing as having four facets. If one were to draw a matrix with four boxes, the top left box would include software as a service, and infrastructure as a service would be below it. The top right side of the matrix would include on-premises and off-premises or a combined public and private cloud application capability, and cloud bursting would be below it.

Software as a Service

On-Premises/Off-Premises-Public Versus Private Cloud Capability

Infrastructure as a Service

Cloud Bursting

In this podcast, Lobel looks at the pros and cons for using each one of these cloud computing facets. He also looks at the overall strengths and weaknesses of the cloud computing industry; the way an organization’s culture affects its approach to cloud computing; the ROI benefits of cloud computing; the way cloud computing will change applications development; and some takeaways CIOs should consider before deploying a cloud computing strategy.


Mark Lobel is the global PricewaterhouseCoopers subject matter expert on security benchmarking, as well as other subjects such as cloud computing. He frequently speaks on benchmarking and other topics for the MIS Training Institute, The Information Security Forum, IBM Training, and other organizations. He is the lead professional on PricewaterhouseCoopers’ annual Global Security Survey with CIO and CSO magazines.
He is a Certified Information Systems Auditor, a Certified Information Systems Security Professional, and a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM). Lobel also belongs to the Information Security Systems Audit and Control Association CISM Task Force helping guide the development of this new security certification. His other association memberships include the New York Chapter of ISACA and the New York Chapter of the Information Systems Security Association. He received a B.S in broadcast communications from Oswego State.