Read the headlines and talk to some of the vendors, and it’s easy to believe that there isn’t an organization not deploying applications to the cloud.
IDC, long been a champion of cloud computing, certainly to believes that’s where the future lies. More than 18 months ago, Senior Vice President and chief analyst Frank Gens claimed that although the adoption rate for clouds at the time was around 15 percent, it would account for 25 percent of the net growth of technology from 2011 to 2012, and 30 percent of growth from 2012 to 2013.
Like politics or economics, computing goes through cycles. Corporate computing started out highly centralized on mainframes and other room-size machines, but since the introduction of the PC has been going through swings between the autonomy of the individual computer user and centralized management by the IT department.
A conversation with Nati Shalom, chief technology officer of GigaSpaces, got me thinking about another pendulum swing: the one between making applications optimized for specific hardware vs. being independent of it.
Cloud computing is taking center stage at this week’s Interop New York 2010, with dozens of cloud players showcasing their latest and greatest solutions to make the leap to the cloud a smooth one.
Cloud computing is one of the leading technological developments that will help transform the IT industry over the next decade, a new report has forecast.
According to a study by Gartner, cloud computing is one of four main trends that will develop the economy over the next ten years – the others being the business impact of social computing, context aware computing and pattern-based strategy.
With cloud computing, you can host your enterprise applications and data at an external data center that can scale to meet your computing demands. Rightfully, IT managers are apprehensive about cloud computing:
Ray Ozzie, chief software architect of Microsoft and proponent of cloud computing, has resigned unexpectedly.
Mr Ozzie was a top member of the company’s management, having taken over the software role from Bill Gates.
Chief executive Steve Ballmer announced his colleague’s departure in an email to company staff.
He said Mr Ozzie would remain with Microsoft during a transitional period, and that the company was not looking for anyone to replace him.
Microsoft shares dropped 2.2% in after-hours trading on the news.
Enterprise architects and IT managers will see software-as-a-service solutions become more popular over the next few years, it has been said.
Gene Leganza from Forrester spoke to ZDNet to suggest that software-as-a-service is one platform for data management that will be a standard in the industry in the near future, with rapid deployment a good idea for many businesses.
CA Technologies used its recent appearance at VMworld 2010 Europe to hang out the flags for a new agreement to integrate its own CA IT Process Automation Manager with the VMware vCloud Application Programming Interface (API).
The integration, which according to official sources is under development using the VMware vCloud API in BlueLock’s VMware-based public cloud is intended to "enable process automation and orchestration" for providing and consuming virtual resources in the cloud.
For the record, BlueLock is an Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) provider of cloud hosting solutions.
One of the chief advantages that cloud computing brings to the IT table is the concept of on-demand applications and resources. Say goodbye to the complicated provisioning and allocation of enterprise capabilities. Simply scroll through the offerings on the cloud, boot them up and get to work.
Of course, setting up a cloud does not automatically produce such a robust environment. It can still be a rather tricky dance to ensure all the links between application, data and end user are in sync and that any and all business policies and practices are being adhered to.