Cloud Computing Is Far More Than Just Cutting Enterprise IT Costs
Cloud Computing is so much more than a computer in the Cloud
By: Paul Miller
Nov. 13, 2008 09:15 AM
Paul Miller's Blog
It is a quite remarkable feeling to watch as the pieces fall into place and the picture, anticipated for so long, is finally revealed in all its splendor. As with any jigsaw that lacked a guiding picture on the box, the final result is that inevitable mix of vindication and surprise. Some areas of the picture are wholly unexpected, some look as one predicted, whilst across most of the image there are new facets to explore in familiar faces, anticipated dioramas to compare with long-held expectation, and presumptions to challenge or validate.
Recent advances in the business of Cloud Computing form just such a picture, and reach out to encompass previously unrelated aspects of Web 2.0, the Semantic Web, Platform Computing, Software as a Service (SaaS) and the economics of Disruption. Not merely some game of buzzword bingo on an unprecedented scale, it is becoming increasingly easy to see the opportunities for a significant shift in the way that we access computational resources; and to recognize that the walls separating organizations from their peers, their partners, their competitors and their customers will become ever-more permeable to the flow of data upon which those distant machines will compute.
There is much to understand that is already known in related fields, and much to discover that only becomes possible in this space. One early challenge is in carving a discrete niche for the place toward which we are moving with such rapidity. Far more than ‘just’ the Cloud; an evolution on from the playful flippancy that diminishes so many of Web 2.0’s poster children; and difficult to relate to the mainstream misconceptions of the Semantic Web’s complexity. Yet this new place is the sum of these parts, and far greater than they can ever be alone. So do we extend the already ephemeral notion of Cloud Computing? Do we appropriate the ‘next big thing’ label of Web 3.0? Or do we need a healthily fresh attitude to business computing’s apparently insatiable desire to apply labels?
First, though, let us consider the shape of this thing that is taking on more substance with each passing day.
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