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The most difficult thing about the cloud is agreeing on a definition.
In a webinar presentation last week on the “State of the Cloud,” Forrester Research and cloud security company Symplified defined cloud as “a standardized IT capability (incorporating service, software and infrastructure), delivered via Internet technology, in a pay-per-use, self-service way” and offered by both software and hardware companies. The presentation covered everything from cloud-washing to the driving forces behind cloud adoption world-wide.
I’ve never understood the desire people have to call the game before it’s over. Sure, if the leading team intercepts the football with 30 seconds remaining, “there’s the ball game” is a reasonable comment. But if a team that’s only a touchdown or two behind with eight minutes left fails to convert a third down, it’s a bit premature to call the game, yet this is exactly what sports fans and announcers try to do.
1. There will be a significant influx of shared hosting and telecom providers into the IaaS marketplace.
Large or small, hosting and data center providers are realizing that Infrastructure as a Service offerings will eat their lunch if they don’t add the same capabilities as part of their mix. Quite a few players have been working on this for a while (it’s not easy), and will be ready to launch in 2011. For the rest, there will be a feverish competition among VMWare, OpenStack, enomaly, Eucalyptus, Hexagrid, and others to provide their virtualized data center management layer.
In case you missed it, here’s some of the most insightful, informative and occasionally funny commentary about the cloud this week (and with Dreamforce happening, there were some great ones):