Oct 27, 2010 (01:10 PM EDT)
Now Can We Put the Cloud to Work?
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Gartner has released its 2010 Hype Cycle Report, identifying those technologies it thinks have reached the "Peak of Inflated Expectations" as well as those languishing in the "Trough of Disillusionment." Cloud computing seems to have peaked, according to the hype, and that's a good thing.
How can you tell the hype is subsiding? Is the guy in those meetings who says "the cloud" over and over again getting even more annoying? Have people stopped laughing when they hear the term "elastic computing?"We finally understand the truth: Cloud computing is computing, nothing more, nothing less. The innovative ways in which we may do computing is indeed new, but the underlying patterns are very familiar. So, let's figure out how to make this stuff work inside the enterprise, shall we?
There are a few things you should consider when you evaluate the value of cloud computing within your organization.
First, is to get a base of understanding as to what existing systems, or perhaps new systems development, are low hanging fruit for the use of cloud computing. This means identifying the problems that can be solved in the next year where cloud computing may be a fit, and prioritizing those problems. While you need to consider the requirements, good suspects would be:
Finally, start playing with the technology. In many cases cloud computing systems are free, or at a very low cost to do any initial proofs-of-concept or prototyping. You should look at IaaS, PaaS, and some SaaS, looking at what this technology can, and cant' do. You might be surprised at the performance of some clouds, such as the ability for IaaS to process locally using highly scalable resources. But, you'll also findGartner has released its 2010 Hype Cycle Report, identifying those technologies it thinks have reached the "Peak of Inflated Expectations" as well as those languishing in the "Trough of Disillusionment." Cloud computing hype seems to have peaked, and that's a good thing.