Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Mainstream Adoption of Cloud Computing - Decades Away?

On August 23, 2010, Brian Stevens, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Red Hat Inc., mentioned that the "evolution" of Cloud Computing was still "decades" away from where we would see the kind of maturation necessary to sway the big business to the cloud.

As one would expect, it was only a matter of time until ebizQ editor Peter Schooff picked this story up and asked the question on the Cloud Computing forum.

Make no mistake Cloud Computing is already here just as much as Open Source (for example, Red Hat Linux) is already here. Asking the question whether Cloud Computing will ever be mature enough where every big business is comfortable using a Public Cloud is similar to asking whether Open Source will ever be mature enough where no business will ever use any commercial software.

Is Cloud Computing only limited to Public Clouds? Even the most widely accepted definition of Cloud Computing from NIST identifies three other deployment models for Clouds - Private, Hybrid, and Community Clouds. With that in mind, isn't it ridiculous to claim that the adoption of Clouds is decades away? There are already so many well-documented examples of businesses (and government agencies) successfully adopting Cloud Computing.

* Originally posted on the ebizQ Cloud Computing Forum on September 7, 2010.

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