Cloud Computing: coming to a project near you
The inexorable march of cloud computing is increasingly leading it to mainstream media coverage. Recently Rzeczpospolita, a daily newspaper with one of the highest circulations here in Poland, ran a large article on the demand for cloud computing in Poland.
The inexorable march of cloud computing is increasingly leading it to mainstream media coverage. Recently Rzeczpospolita, a daily newspaper with one of the highest circulations here in Poland, ran a large article on the demand for cloud computing in Poland. According to the article, analysts predict that cloud computing will grow at a rate of 27% over the next 4 years to reach $73m by 2015.
It seems that businesses everywhere are considering the cloud as a strategy and many are asking their IT suppliers about cloud. For many IT outsourcers, cloud computing is just a new iteration of their business and many businesses view it as another form of outsourcing – essentially that is what it is, hardware and system platform outsourcing, and it is following the same pattern of adoption as other types of outsourcing.
However, despite all the media hype, cloud computing remains far behind other, more mainstream forms of outsourcing on the maturity curve. Companies first looking into outsourcing, particularly software development outsourcing, usually choose simple, often stand-alone projects that do not impact on the day-to- day running of their business. As they become more confident with outsourcing, they outsource more complicated work and finally move to mission critical items.
It seems to me that businesses are following the same pattern with cloud computing: many using it for website hosting, or for hosting part of their website, before moving to e-payment engines or business applications like corporate email and ERP. The vast majority of companies are at the stage of either still researching their cloud options or simply trying the technology out.
While most of the businesses that I have spoken to in the past four months have mentioned cloud computing and their intentions to use this type of virtualisation, very few of them have an actual live deployment. As for us, while we are happy to use the cloud, none of our clients have requested this yet.
However, as the rise of cloud computing continues, I expect that twelve months from now we will be working with more than one customer using the cloud to host our development. In the way that C++ has largely been supplanted by .NET, cloud computing will soon be in the project spec that most of our clients deliver.