When I travel the country interviewing IT shops and
systems integrators, I ask them what is hot and sexy at the moment
or will be in the coming year.
Many are excited about cloud computing and the impact and
potential revenue streams it might offer their business. One of the
provincial companies I recently visited also has plans to open its
own datacentre sometime in the new year.
Now, cloud computing has been talked about for years, and at
last it seems to have finally arrived, or will arrive in 2010. Indeed, IDC says 2009 was the year "the cloud was seeded". Gartner sees the cloud as one of the "strategic technologies"
A few months back, ISP Orcon announced New Zealand's first
locally developed cloud computing service. This follows Wellington-based IT services company, Fronde,
crediting the cloud and software-as-a-service offerings as part of
the company's recovering fortunes. Other IT service providers have
also jumped on the cloud bandwagon.
Earlier this month, Telecom-owned systems integrator Gen-i
announced its own range of cloud-based offerings, saying that
within a few years, it expects a quarter of company revenues to
come through such software-as-a-service offerings. This month, IBM also announced an $80 million datacentre, which
will serve the New Zealand cloud computing market.
As we approach the year end, the reviews are coming in as to
whether cloud computing will finally live up to the hype. Computerworld NZ sees some challenges.
But many industry leaders told the magazine they see the cloud
as the technology for 2010.
Now, I will be back on the road soon, visiting a few IT shops
and systems integrators over the holidays. I expect that they too will again mention the cloud as "hot and
sexy" for 2010. But I will leave you with the comments of that provincial
supplier, which had recently celebrated a major anniversary.
The owner noted that when the business started out, computers
would gain all their computing power from a central database. Then,
computing became distributed with individual terminals having
their own power and database. And now, in a cloud-based world, we
are seeing systems revert to what they were before. I guess
history does have a way of repeating itself, whether it is sexy or