Cloud Computing – #2

Panasonic DMC-G1, Lumix G Vario 14-45/f3.5-5.6, ISO100, 21mm, f/5.8, 1/320

Cloud computing is receiving a lot of press, or as some would put it “hype.” Cloud is the new thing, what people are talking about.   

While the definition remains as etherial as the name, there are a couple of points to be made about this evolution of technology provisioning and consumption: (1) it better enables alignment of investment with consumption, that is you only pay for what is used which (2) enables new business models especially those stifled by the high cost of entry of the previous consumption/provisioning models.

At the conference the expectation was that cloud is 5 to 7 years away from general consumption.  I thought this was a bit long, contradicting current practice, although it may be true for the extreme cases.  

So things look bright for cloud, may be even a little unrealistic.   But that’s OK. It’s important to have a new thing that people can ask about, marketers can sell, and technologists define.  To move attention off the predecessor in decline–SOA–so that may be now we can do something with it.  


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