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The Summer of Cloud Will Be With Us for Decades

Well, analysis paralysis is something that comes to writers as well as organizations. A mild form of writer's block, it occurs when there is too much to say, but not enough time or energy to say it.

Such was my thought today as I worked to give you 500 or so great words.

I was intrigued by a column by a person with one of the major research companies, who said that today is one to mark, because "our beloved cloud computing market showed significant signs of maturing." This assessment was based on big announcements from VMWare, Citrix, and Microsoft - all of which you can read about @sysconmedia.

Actually, I thought the Citrix announcement was more about Cloud.com - whose CEO I was lucky enough to interview recently - and the $200 million at which it was valued. There continues to be real gold in them-thar open-source hills.

The Summer of Cloud
But I also thought this researcher was just slightly behind the times, as my friend and colleague Jeremy Geelan proclaimed this "the summer of Cloud" more than a month ago, when the 8th International Cloud Expo opened to hundreds of exhibitors and thousands of guests.

In fact, that was the week that rocked the cloud, according to a report I filed on June 7. For starters, Cloud Expo started to feel almost mainstream, as the certitude of cloud computing gave the show a practical and focused, rather than revolutionary, air.

In addition to Cloud Expo, the week saw an Apple WWDC in which Steve Jobs defined cloud computing on his terms; other large, corporate events from HP, IBM, and Dell (all of whom are talking cloud cloud cloud these days); the latest edition of the E3 Expo (with much talk of how gaming is moving toward the cloud); and on a smaller scale, an Android meetup in Seattle.

So yes, our beloved cloud computing market showed significant signs of maturing - in June, not today.

Now, Onto Jeremy
Thinking about Jeremy means thinking about a column he wrote yesterday about his battle with the chemotherapy that has followed his surgery earlier this year for pancreatic cancer.

Grim as the story is, I had to laugh when I saw him decry that he is now sleeping 12 hours per day. Anyone who knows Jeremy knows that his unflagging humor and energy are seldom interrupted by more than 4 hours of sleep per day.

Prior to his surgery, he was among the stronger people on the planet, with an archetypal vice-like grip, the ability to do a 10-mile run at 5am, run back and forth between TV lights and the main stage at Cloud Expo for 12+ hours, then dash off another 5 or 6 miles that evening for good measure.

So I'll take his current sleeping pattern as his body's way of restoring him to his previous uncanny strength. This summer of cloud will be followed by several more decades of its inevitable reform of the way we think about computing, and Jeremy needs to observe it, write about it - and help drive it - for a long time to come.

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Roger Strukhoff (@IoT2040) is Executive Director of the Tau Institute for Global ICT Research, with offices in Illinois and Manila. He is Conference Chair of @CloudExpo & @ThingsExpo, and Editor of SYS-CON Media's CloudComputing BigData & IoT Journals. He holds a BA from Knox College & conducted MBA studies at CSU-East Bay.

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