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What was the biggest thing to happen to the cloud in 2010?

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Two weeks ago we looked forward to 2011 for the cloud, but 2010 was indisputably a big year for the cloud.  So what do you think was the biggest thing to happen to the cloud in 2010

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  • The launch of iPad.
    This is the "Network Computer" that Sun and Oracle promised us 10 years ago and it has the right combo of physical innovation with cloud services for the ultimate goal : simple, useful, and fun solution.

    I belive this trend would just continue to go accelrate.
    Easy , simple, accessible, on demand is going to have such a huge advantage over traditional application that we will see many empires falling down.

  • My vote goes to the adoption of a cloud-first policy by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget Agencies (OMB)that requires Federal Agencies to consider cloud as their first choice while proposing new IT programs as part of the 2012 budget process. This open willingness to adopt cloud by the U.S Federal Government is a big win for the cloud especially when you consider that the Federal Government has spent over $600 billion on IT related inverstments over the past decade and has a current annual budget of close to $80 billion.

  • My top three:

    1. The discussion began to shift from "Why Cloud Computing?" to "How Cloud Computing?"
    2. Integration of SaaS apps emerged as the greater hurdle to cloud adoption than security.
    3. Several myths started getting dispelled. Chief among them:

    a. Cost is primary driver for cloud adoption (It is not)
    b. Cloud computing allows business to completely bypass IT (the role of IT changes but is still critical)
    c. SOA and Cloud Computing are closely related (the connection is tenuous at best)


  • It replaced Internet as the representative moniker for the inter-networked nature of computing endpoints. Think about it, when was the last time someone actually talked about Internet hosting, application service provider or even the Web? It's now all ... the Cloud!

  • In the very far east end of the globe, nothing big happened, but only big "announcements ". Some made me wondering what does a border boundary mean for cloud computing services?

    p.s the first attempt from my android phone.

  • Continued convergence of email, document management, project management, intranet software and mobility.

    Pankaj
    http://www.hyperoffice.com

  • A growing number of brand-name, Fortune 500 and Global 2000 companies publicly discussed how they are employing cloud services to achieve their business objectives, which brought more attention and credibility to these 'on-demand' solutions.

  • The shift is from "What is cloud Computing?" to "How do I do it? to "Why do I need it"? Very few companies started with Why (Simon Sinek Theory - Start with Why). Those who started with Why are leading the pack and have started to reap the benefits.

    SOA will become the foundational architecture elements which the EAs will live and breathe to bring sanity to cloud adoption within the enterprise.

    In 2003 survey 70% of the EAI projects failed. Why? because the focus was on getting the data across the applications. The same history will repeat - I need Salesforce data in SAP, Export Netsuite data to ondemand BI etc.. and the only way they can avoid is to follow the proven SOA architecture best practices.

    I strongly believe, among man, IT will position SOA projects as cloud integration projects for better chances of funding and approval.

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