Chapter 6 of your textbook, Managing and Using Information Systems: A Strategic Approach, provides an overview of architecture and infrastructure as they relate to organizational IT design. Read Case Study 6-2, “The Case of Extreme Scientists,” on pages 195–196 in the textbook and answer all three questions regarding Amazon’s supercomputing architecture:
How would you describe the architecture Dr. Schadt uses to do his research?
What are the risks Dr. Schadt faces by using Amazon for his supercomputing? What are the beneﬁts?
If you were advising a company trying to make a decision about using cloud computing for key business applications, what would you advise and why?