The new buzzword: the "Cloud"

Geschreven door iMinds op vrijdag 02 januari 2009

The "Cloud" is the new buzzword in Silicon Valley. "Cloud" is a metaphor for the Internet and stems from the way that the Internet is represented in network diagrams. In the future, IT-applications, infrastructure and services will become more and more detached from their physical location and will be offered as a service on the Internet. Cloud computing or Web computing will allow users without any knowledge of the underlying technical infrastructure or its maintenance, to take advantage of IT-services. Software as a Service (SaaS) is an example of this evolution. It is spreading through the economic world and becoming widely accepted.

Following the success of SaaS, we are now evolving towards "Everything as a Service". We are also seeing the emergence of business models like "Platform as a Service", "Storage on Demand" and "Infrastructure on Demand". This evolution offers large companies two advantages: flexibility and speed. Cloud computing is cost effective and allows traditional IT-organizations to react much faster.

Due to the lack of standards and because of the concerns surrounding the security of company data, companies have not yet fully embraced cloud computing. It is a bit like in the early days of the PC. Virtual platforms each still have their own standards and the application provider has to choose which platform to develop his applications on. However, it is only a matter of time before there will be a stronger convergence. This is a key step in the evolution towards "Everything as a Service". Once the standards and the security issues have been resolved, companies can start making proper use of the possibilities offered by cloud computing.

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