IT Toolbox Discussion: Is the Cloud Concept Played Out?

I’m enjoying some of the comments on this IT Toolbox thread: Is the Cloud Concept Played Out? It’s a healthy debate. These days it’s always good to get some different opinions on all things cloud.

A few of my favorite points (and I felt it was worth sharing here):

  • “The cloud concept now seems grounded in the mundane present rather than a wide-open, idealistic future.” (from the initial question/observation)
  • “Is the cloud concept played out? Maybe, but only because in 10 years trying to explain what you mean by “The Cloud” to a new technology worker will be impossible because they won’t understand why it wouldn’t be like that. (well said!)
  • “Take Microsoft’s “To The Cloud” ads. Unfortunately, many of these are simply regular, mundane server/server farms that have been around for years (seems like centuries). (ouch!)
  • We could be “leasing” cars by the week, the day, or even the hour but we refuse to give up the individuality we get from “owning” (or as I see it, having control of) our vehicles. (this analogy has legs – points to a long-term hybrid IT reality)
  • I suspect that there are major B2B players that will be swept away because of a failure to embrace the cloud in the same way major retail/distribution players were swept away due to a failure to embrace the internet. (agreed!)
  • I would argue that even if Salesforce.com was launched as an easy to install and configure on-premise software product it would have taken away Siebel business. (I don’t agree. Cloud isn’t just about subscription pricing.)
  • “The problem with ‘cloud’ computing is that many large organizations have critical infrastructure which can not be ‘hosted’ on someone else infrastructure… and even when they do use a datacenter owned and managed by another organization, their part of the datacenter is silo’d off. networks are segregated logically or typically physically.” (Cloud data integration anyone?)
  • “I wouldn’t personally run 100% of my business from a cloud, but unless my business is quite small, I would be unlikely to run 0% from the cloud either.” (true today, but why not someday?)
  • “If, however, the public is fooled into believing that moving a legacy application to a Cloud provider consitutes the essence of this movement, then the Cloud concept will die out quickly.” (cloud washing anyone?)

Please join in! The IT Toolbox Cloud Computing Strategy and Planning Group has lots of great discussions.

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