“HP announced new consulting services to help enterprise customers consider incorporating the cloud as part of their broader IT strategy”, “PEER 1 launched its CloudXcelerator program… which lets its partners to develop, test and run their cloud applications on the company’s IT hosting infrastructure”, “The web designers’ guide to cloud hosting”, these are one try of the news items about Cloud computing consulting and reference services, that I have found today while browsing for Cloud computing topics.
It is obvious that the ongoing major change in computer industry is creating a new niche for IT professionals – to teach consumers and businesses on Cloud computing and to earn money from providing expertise and helping businesses in the process of moving to the clouds.
The truth is that it is very hard for most people to understand the concept of Cloud computing and how it will apply to daily life. We are already using a number of services delivered from computer clouds, but I doubt that we will see the cloud computing technologies adopted in our homes soon. The cloud computing will continue to be an enterprise trend in computer technologies. At the same time end users will continue to buy comuter software and hardware to access web services produced from cloud computing platforms.
I think that after 2012 – 2013 it would be possbile and cost effective for the major hardware vendors to release on the computer market systems and devices that adopt the concept of cloud computing. These would be devices that use computing resources produced from computer systems located in remote data centers. To have this model in practise we need a very advanced and reliable IT networks.
It will take time for telecoms and Internet connectivity providers to build reliable infrastructures. This would happen within the next 4 years. At the same time cloud computing providers would use the time to produce matured clouds.