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Cloud computing is receiving a lot of press, or as some would put it "hype." Cloud is the new thing, what people are talking about.
While the definition remains as etherial as the name, there are a couple of points to be made about this evolution of technology provisioning and consumption: (1) it better enables alignment of investment with consumption, that is you only pay for what is used which (2) enables new business models especially those stifled by the high cost of entry of the previous consumption/provisioning models.
At the conference the expectation was that cloud is 5 to 7 years away from general consumption. I thought this was a bit long, contradicting current practice, although it may be true for the extreme cases.
So things look bright for cloud, may be even a little unrealistic. But that's OK. It's important to have a new thing that people can ask about, marketers can sell, and technologists define. To move attention off the predecessor in decline--SOA--so that may be now we can do something with it.
Last night I returned from a conference on cloud computing. So, quite naturally, it would be logical to take some pictures of clouds.
These ones were captured early in the morning. While clouds do exist at other times of the day, none are as interesting as when the sun peeks through them while they rest over the water.
While the whole notion of cloud computing continues to lack consistent definition, through the course of the conference, the fog lifted and I saw the light. I'll post those insights in tomorrows entry as for now I'm still recovering from the long return journey to a destination where there are no direct flights.