Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Cloud 2.0? Really?

There's been some interesting conversation about Cloud 2.0 recently on ebizQ including a podcast and a follow up question about whether it was time for Cloud 2.0.

Already?

I did not even realize that we have a tangible enough Cloud 1.0!

Anyways, my response to the question about whether it was time for Cloud 2.0 is sure if you can answer yes to each of the following three questions:
  1. Is there a universally agreed upon definition of Cloud 1.0? (Just think of all the debate around the "private" cloud)
  2. Are questions around security and privacy of data, interoperability and portability between clouds, and auditability sufficiently answered?
  3. Do we have adequate, agreed upon, and universally adopted standards for Cloud 1.0?
Answering yes to the above questions would imply that we have reached or are close to a "steady state" for Cloud 1.0, which in my opinion is a prerequisite for Cloud 2.0. Think about it: when Web 2.0 came along, could we not have answered yes to all of the above questions for what we now refer to as Web 1.0?

* Originally posted on the ebizQ Cloud Computing Forum on June 15, 2010.

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