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Cloud Computing: Blowout Predictions for 2011

By Dick Weisinger

The consensus seems to be that cloud computing momentum has grown to the point that 2011 is shaping up to be a year of explosive growth.  The results of two new reports/surveys on cloud computing come to just that conclusion, one is by Forrester, and the other is by Quest software.

Quest Software Survey Results

  • Corporate IT will begin to accept the cloud as an option.
  • It will take 5 years before Corporate IT is comfortable with the cloud.
  • Corporate IT could not name a preferred cloud vendor
  • IT support must change to adopt to the cloud
  • For many companies, E-mail cloud services will be their first cloud application.
  • Companies will prefer best-of-breed services over standardized cloud suites.
  • Many organizations will underestimate the need for cloud contingency plans.
  • Corporations will use Federation to access services across multiple domains and systems
  • Organizations are moving past cost cutting and making targeted investments
Forrester Predictions

  • A new breed of empowered IT leader will emerge to lead the cloud platform
  • Most first attempts to build a private cloud will fail.
  • Private clouds will outnumber public ones 3:1.
  • Community or industry-based clouds will emerge, like for biotech.
  • Cloud computing will bring high performance computing to a wider group of companies.
  • Cloud computing will move closer to becoming a utility or commodity that is measurable
  • Cloud computing will widen the gap in business intelligence, distancing those who get it and those who don’t
  • Companies will turn their information into profit centers
  • Cloud standards will take a very long time to mature.  We need to make do with what we have now.
  • Cloud computing security will become a shared venture between the vendor and the customer
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