- What is cloud: evolution or revolution? Interestingly opinion from Yankee Group's enterprise survey was split down the middle. It encouraging to see that2% of enterprises thought cloud computing was hype with no substance. The webinar participants agreed that although it is evolutionary, there are some revolutionary aspects to cloud computing;
- What are the cloud's characteristics? It's important not to get too hung up on definitions, but Yankee define it as dynamic, shared, scalable computing resources delivered over the Internet;
- Signposts for 2010. Cloud will make an appearance first in its private incarnation through the increase in virtualization. Also important is the development of trust between service provider and end-user;
- Is pay-as-you-go important for enterprises? Given that enterprise budgets are not set up for PAYG, is it so important to have this - should service providers in fact be offering more traditional contracts?
- What are the key barriers? Well they touch on the obvious ones like security and availability, but also the lack of management tools and interoperability.
- How much spending on services? Interestingly the Yankee Group believes that within 24 months 15% of enterprises will spend more than half of their budget on cloud computing services, which seems like a high figure to me.
After a Masters in Computer Science, I decided that I preferred writing about IT rather than programming. My 20-year writing career has taken me to Hong Kong and London where I've edited and written for IT, business and electronics publications. In 2002 I co-founded Futurity Media with Stewart Baines where I continue to write about a range of topics such as unified communications, cloud computing and enterprise applications.