Thursday, October 02, 2008

Will Cloud Computing haze eventually clear up?

I've tagged it under opinions.

There also are items, such as inertia, that have hindered acceptance. Why would a business want to go through the process of evaluating and then moving all of its IT resources? Think of how much time, effort, and money is involved in items, such as training.

There also are technical challenges, and they usually start with security. Do you want to explain to the auditors how you "protect" data stationed miles away from your employees? How do you really know that another cloud customer cannot access your information?

There are also performance challenges. With cloud computing, another layer of devices is added to your computer infrastructure. Invariably, that means performance degradations.

The cloud model can work in certain cases, mainly in startup companies with no existing infrastructure or new lines of business for existing companies. But it's not a good fit for most applications, never has been and never will be. Consequently, the cloud computing hype will ebb in the coming months, just as it did with its forebearers. The marketing types will then get busy coming up with yet another name for this infrastructure option.

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