Computing Clouds and Rusty Linings

There's  a nice summary of the debate around Cloud Computing here from Andy Mulholland of Cap Gemini.As Andy points ou...

July 10, 2008

There’s  a nice summary of the debate around Cloud Computing here from Andy Mulholland of Cap Gemini.

As Andy points out there are certainly number of reliability constraints and enterprise trust and security issues to be figured out yet, but the flexibility of cloud computing for web-based services is very compelling.  It’s already happening. And as it does our level of control reduces further and further.

 I just wonder if our global IT governance can keep up with this speed of change.The rusty lining to this cloud is that, left to a ‘scramble’ of market forces, external-facing IT services may come resemble the financial markets – opaque, highly interwoven, potentially highly volatile and devoid of accountability.  

Cap Gemini calls this new reality the ‘invisible infostructure’.  

I like that term. The great benefit of invisibility is you don’t get in people’s way. However, the downside is, you can’t be found…



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