2009 Was the Year of Cloud Computing

The cloud emerged almost two years ago, but 2009 seems to have been the year it got everyone speaking. And this, regardless of most people being confused about cloud computing. Yet, 2009 has been the year when the technology was adopted by bigwigs. In fact, the Federal government too adopted it.

Amidst all the hoopla surrounding the cloud, the one thing that has emerged the most is the sheer definition of the cloud by people. Everyone seems to have a different interpretation of the cloud. The most basic definition of the technology is that it is an on-demand way of providing services. However, that doesn’t say much, does it? In fact, the term has often been used interchangeably with SaaS (Software as a Service).

On Dec 22, Computer World published an informative article by Eric Knorr. In the article, “Five big questions about cloud computing”, earlier published in InfoWorld, Knorr addresses the following questions:

  • What defines a cloud service?
  • Is there such a thing as a private cloud?
  • Will cloud services replace the Microsoft desktop?
  • Do cloud services mean the end of IT as we know it?
  • Does the cloud really enable anything new?

The article is a must-read for anyone who wants to understand the technology and its future prospects.

The technology is definitely not fool-proof yet, with security concerns following its business benefits. However, given the way the IT bigwigs are lapping up to the technology, it’s only a matter of time before the Cloud becomes everyone’s favorite.