Thursday, June 9, 2011

Is the Cloud here to stay?

Have you ever been talking to someone about cloud computing and they take hold of the conversation by saying it won't last?

It has happened to me quite a few times, once was even by a very intelligent friend of mine whose opinion I highly respect. The conversation always seems to be transitioned by the statement "I don't know about the cloud," followed by a litany of obstacles that will keep it from gaining the momentum needed to sustain it as a viable business solution. There are security issues, connectivity issues, trust issues, and the list goes on. It is very easy to get sucked into defending every aspect of the cloud and before you know it you're no longer talking about the importance of the cloud.

The fact of the matter is that the cloud continues to build momentum and already has a strong foundation. It is a self-fueling fire that as it facilitates growth will in return be required for new technologies.

The need of the cloud is becoming more apparent and the need is also fueling the innovation that comes with a well established cloud.

Most people in IT understand what the cloud is about. At it's core is the internet but it gets deeper than that and I'm not talking about network virtualization or anything else that references to the complexity of the cloud.

At the true heart of the cloud is disintermediation. Disintermediation is essentially removing the middle man and as you remove the middle man things become more efficient and faster. So in the world of information at the speed of the thought, disintermediation is the natural process that the cloud produces therefore it is only inevitable that one produces the other.

For those that have doubts on the cloud I ask to look at where we were 20 years ago with the internet then at  10 years and look at it now.

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