One Sunny day Google Inc. chief uttered the term “Cloud Computing” in 2006, and a storm rose over the Silicon Valley. The big guns of the industry started buckling up to launch into the clouds to raise their flags as technology volunteers. Amazon.com inc. popularly known for selling books online, began selling an Elastic Compute Cloud service in 2006 for programmer’s to rent Amazon’s giant computers. Juniper Networks Inc. made gears for transmitting data, dubbed its latest project Stratus. Yahoo Inc., Intel Corp. and a bunch of others recently launched a research program called OpenCirrus.
Although so much development and hype since its origin, Cloud Computing has been a center of controversies and debates. Let’s walk through the trends it has been going through. But first, what good is there in ending a block without a quote, so here’s the first one of my favorites.
The internet industry is on a cloud, whatever that may mean. – The Wall Street Journal
Computing, simply put, is sharing the computing power of devices or applications over the internet. The three major components(SaaS, Paas, Iaas), that can together or individually serve the purpose, make up the concept of Cloud Computing. Most IT professionals say it gets its name from the way internet has been diagrammed over the years as in most of them the internet communication has been pictured showing a client & a server (or client) and everything in-between (hubs, switches, routers, ISPs etc) wrapped up in a cloud.
There are three major types of clouds available
So the Cloud Computing is already a widely grown but still evolving concept resulting in IT professionals tending to associate even non-cloud structured technologies to Cloud Computing. And with this goes our second quote of the day.
The internet industry is the only industry that is more fashion driven than women’s fashion.
Oracle Inc. Chief Executive Larry Ellison chastised to whole issue of cloud computing, saying the term was overused and being applied to everything in the computer world.
The Raining Trends
According to a survey of 39 major tech firms released by North Bridge Venture Partners, here are the 9 hottest trends in Cloud Computing for 2012.
The fine line is, the Cloud Computing is still evolving and in its early stages only. It is, for sure, going to change the way we look at computing. There will be no needs for buying and installing costly software locally, buying hardware infrastructures to support the high performance requirements, spending millions on creating and maintaining huge data houses, and then after all the hard work no headache about catering to the changing technologies.
So we conclude with the last quote, Cloud Computing is the next big thing in IT industry after The Web.