Forbes: 2011 CC's Predictions

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R "Ray" Wang writing for the Forbes CIO Network this week postulates some impressive psychological and business next steps for cloud computing in 2011.  Saying we are “past the tipping point” already on all 4 major layers in 2010, Wang writes as follows about what 2011 holds in store:

  • Replace most new procurement with cloud strategies. Preference in deployment options and lack of availability of innovative solutions in on-premises options will result in a huge shift for 2011. Add capex swap out for opex, and most CFO’s will be singing the praises of Cloud along with the business and IT leaders.
  • Start with private clouds as a stepping stone to public clouds. Conservative CIO’s looking to dip their toes into cloud computing will invest into private cloud while evaluating the public cloud at the same time.
  • Get real about security. Customers will move from “the cloud is not secured” to “how can security be achieved in the cloud?”. They will start asking real questions about security. The result — cloud vendors must further showcase various industry-specific compliance approaches.
  • Move to private clouds as a back up to public clouds.

And thus SaaS shall rule the world of new apps, it would seem, if that first one comes to pass.  Very big deal.

Read his full essay here.

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