Great notes from Fern Halper about her recent experience at Cloud Camp in Boston last week – Top of Mind: Data in the Cloud. While security is always going to be top of mind for IT, it’s now more of a question than an objection. This is because cloud-based vendors have focused on highlighting standards support, system uptime, transparency and trust. The result is that potential cloud integration issues and challenges are represented in three of the four questions that she summarizes from the event:
- “How do I integrate large amounts of enterprise data in the cloud? (answers included various approaches; more traditional to new vendor technology were mentioned)
- How do I move my enterprise data into the cloud? (answers included ship it FedEx on a hard drive and make sure there is a proven chain of custody around the transfer)
- How do I ensure the security of my data in the cloud? (no answer that deserved its own breakout session)
- What is the maximum sustained data transfer rate in the cloud? (answers included when it takes a server down, no one knows, but a year ago someone mentioned that 8 gigabytes a second took down a cloud provider)
- How do applications (and data) interoperate in the cloud? (answers included that standards need to rule)”
I love the FedEx idea…WOW! You can read the full post here.
Prediction: If not properly addressed, integration will become the number one barrier to success in the cloud in 2010.
Bottom line: When it comes to Cloud Computing and SaaS application adoption in 2010: DON”T WAIT TO INTEGRATE!