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The Big Shift: The Rise of Cloud Computing

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18 Responses to “The Big Shift: The Rise of Cloud Computing”

  1. This is history repeating itself, full circle. In the early days of computers, everyone shared access to a large mainframe where they submitted their computational jobs via punchcards or paper tape, then retrieved their printouts. Steve Jobs and Bill Gates came along and said computing power belongs in the hands of the individual. Now were all excited about putting this computing power back into the hands of the few. What idiocy…

  2. Great Infographic! It illustrates many of the key trends we’re seeing in cloud computing. The storage shortfall was a surprise. As evidenced by the increasing job growth in this area, cloud computing is certainly continuing to build momentum, at least in some key application areas and among small and mid-size businesses.

    Gartner just announced this week that worldwide cloud services revenue is expected to reach $68.3 billion in 2010, a 16.6% increase from last year. Gartner points out that companies are implementing cost-saving measures in light of the economic downturn and looking for more efficient ways to manage complex systems. Teradata’s cloud solutions can help enterprises reap rewards, especially in our sweet spot of data analytics. Analytics in the cloud is the next evolutionary step, as companies will eventually run detailed queries and complex analytics in the Cloud. There’s no rush of data warehouses moving into clouds yet – mostly smaller data marts. So like many vendors, Teradata is solving the performance and security issues customers worry about by partnering with Amazon and VMware to jointly improve both sets of products. So far, so good!

  3. Cloud computing still has a way to go. We setup a complete front-to-back SAAS infrastructure on Amazon EC2/S3 last year to try it out. The results were that it isn’t ready for prime time – yet. But we expect it to be ready in a year or two, or in other words, when Twitter and Facebook stop using Amazon. Other major issues yet to be solved; the cloud isn’t PCI compliant, it isn’t SAS70 compliant, and you can’t send email from the cloud because it is blocked by all popular spam black hole lists. S3 is good for backup, but EC2 doesn’t perform to the level as advertised. For instance, true hardware to the specs that they quote typically performs about 300% better. This means that a small server can host 3X the applications of a similarly quoted EC2 instance. So there is a significant amount of cloud overhead going on.

    All of these negatives can be overcome, and they will be over time. All major software companies will be making sure that lawyers and banks understand what a cloud “server” is over the next couple of years, and that is when the cloud will truly be ready.

  4. niyati

    hi… i am the owner of a small scale business of leather products…. recently my it team has recommended to shift my it infrastructure on cloud computing … can anyone help me with the potential security concerns that i should have before outsourcing the same

    • hi,
      this thing keeps popping up everytime, why do you ask other what is secure for you, you should be in a position to figure out what security loop holes you have & then make an attempt to fix them. All peoples who are concerned about security should first look at & define what security means for their own needs & not in a broader sense.

      that way you are hitting & solving on your immediate concerns & evolve to a global problem if need be.

      just my 2 cents

      • Hi,

        This may require some sort of a network/security assessment that can help identify what loopholes or security bottlenecks are inherent in your network. You my need a consulting firm to take care of that for you, many will do so without charge under the pretense that they can help you with the transformation to the cloud. Just something for you to consider…

  5. The Cloud – Nice, until some service in a country thousands of Ks away dissappears, or looses your data, or changes their terms of service and you are screwed.
    Personally – I store lots of stuff in the cloud, my email/calendar/contacts is with Gmail, my storage with dropbox, social comms with Facebook and Twitter, A blog with wordpress etc, but i develop my blog on my own VM server and replicate to wordpress, I cache all my mail and calendar on my phone and client PCs, and dropbox is only a replica of my local drop box folders.
    I use the cloud to sync all my desktop services together.

    For work, I run my own cloud – email acessed by our clients from anywhere and secure web apps provided over a instant VPN, remote desktop sessions with Citrix, Office Comms for phone and voice mail, etc.

    Innovation will come from cloud SERVICES, but making then useful and fast will still need dome good old local horsepower for many things.

  6. We have just recently launched the Cloud Taxonomy ( The Cloud Taxonomy is a classification of cloud based services with an aim to provide a central repository of vendors and facilitate dialogue between developers and vendors. We invite you to join the conversation and become an active member of the site.

  7. Jordan

    I can see why cloud is becoming popular, but one of the great things about owning your own server is having control over your data. It’s not hard to imagine someone selling off your information and data to the highest bidder. It happens enough already, I’m not sure I would want to trust my personal data to someone else. I’m sure some cloud computing companies are trustworthy, but others are not.

    Plus, a large and well known cloud computing corporation is a very tempting hacker target. Security is only so good, and people will find a way in. Having such sensitive information in such a high profile location might actually be asking for trouble. I don’t care how good you say your security system is, people will find a way.

    • hi Jordan,

      what you have stated above is true but it is applicable also to the privately owned servers, if someone wants to hack into your systems, that you own and run privately at the premises of your own company, they will find a way as well!

      Security will always be an issue for cloud and non-cloud computing. but the cost between the 2 will vary tremendously!

  8. your diagrams are inaccurate. the last diagram shows a tiny pixel and that huge square. by using a shape instead of a bar you are leading people to believe that the scale is measured in the objects area, but it is rather measure by the length. .8/35 = ~44, the difference in area on your last graph are obviously much greater than 44x, please dont distort the truth with misleading diagrams

  9. All the companies on this list are the mega movers in the cloud right now, but the smaller business oriented services are much more practical for people who need reliable security. I’m a CPA and I’ve been using for over a year now, its made sending confidential materials to clients much more worry-free than the post office or email.

  10. All these companies listed are large scale cloud providers. What about the more small business oriented providers like I’m a CPA and I’ve been using Egnyte for just over a year now with client’s extremely confidential information and I never have to worry about privacy issues and its not too expensive.