I have been in IT in a developing country long enough that I am now initially sceptical about new technologies that get touted from the US; that country has a belief in technology that sometimes amazes me. One of the latest technologies is “cloud computing”, and Oracle and Intel have announced a project to develop the enterprise readiness of cloud computing saying that they want to provide business with “flexibility of choosing to run their enterprise systems in either private or public clouds.”
Without a generally accepted definition of cloud computing, I am prepared to use Oracle’s definition as “the notion of providing easily accessible compute and storage resources on a pay-as-you-go, on-demand basis, from a virtually infinite infrastructure managed by someone else.”
While Oracle and Intel have started on the research, I reckon 99 percent of the population wouldn’t have a clue what cloud computing is, particularly the business community. Therefore, cloud computing in the technology adoption lifecycle is definitely at the innovators phase.
According to a recent Sandhill blog, cloud computing is at the top of the Gartner hype cycle, which means to me that the problems, failure stories and disbelief have yet to come out. According to Gartner, for vendors and business customers “the key activity will be to determine which cloud services will be viable, and when.” Sandhill makes some pretty obvious recommendations for vendors: