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Is Cloud Computing Meeting Its Expectations?

Cloud’s true benefits are burgeoning. More businesses than ever are using cloud as their primary infrastructur

One issue relative to cloud computing that keeps critics well fed is the degree to which expectations and realities of the technology all too often don’t sync. Add to the mix a large degree of expected hype around buzzy marketing concepts, and what companies expect going into switching to cloud and what they get can feel problematically let-down-ish.

So what does the internet think?

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Excerpt from the Facebook Cloud Computing Group

Facebook surprisingly chimed in with some of the most rapid responses.

The NSA scandal made an appearance, as did security in the “failing expectations” corner of the arena.

PRISM aside, security is still a chief concern for many IT departments. However, cloud security is also a nuanced issue, not a catchall concept.

For instance, any industry dealing with client information, proprietary personal information, patient health records, or those who does not want their infrastructure hacked (which should include most of us) will all have a different perspective on what security means to cloud infrastructure.

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Ed Byrne’s Quora response to “How has cloud computing ( IaaS specific) met/surpassed/failed our expectations thus far? Why?”

Meanwhile Quora users have registered a more nuanced response.

What’s interesting about Ed’s response initially is that compared to much of the industry, expectation versus reality is tempered by actual usage. Too often, marketing hyped concepts such as open cloud, hybrid cloud, and more are pronounced failures or successes before such outcomes prove either polarity.

Ed’s points about the disruptive power of cloud are interesting since they highlight perhaps the largest shift that cloud has created in IT – a mental one.

While cloud technologies have enabled new ways of utilizing resources, the fundamental underlying technologies have existed for some time. More on this point in a moment.

Ed’s final point about the failure of hybrid is an interesting one. While hybrid cloud is a much used definition for the range of public and dedicated or internal and outsourced versions of infrastructure that businesses use, there is a lack of true hybrid functionality for most clouds. For example, if you’re using AWS and have another cloud provider, the ease with which you can move workloads from one environment is not truly easy.

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NorthTech Computer’s Google+ response

Meanwhile on Google+, Northtech Computer (or someone there rather) reiterates that in fact most of the technology underpinning cloud has been in use for some time. It’s a combination with virtualization, another tech word well used by this point, that has enabled new economies of scale and delivery models.

Ultimately though, cloud’s true benefits are burgeoning. More businesses than ever are using cloud as their primary infrastructure, even as they scale. Add to this the dynamism of both the industry and the companies innovating within the marketplace, and one can’t help but think that the best is still yet to come. What that presents is an interesting exploration on its own. Let us know what you think on Quora, Twitter, or Facebook.

By Jake Gardner

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