What’s emerging in Cloud Computing?

July 30, 2009 by Alicia Gaba

There’s a lot going on in cloud computing technology – lots of buzz marketing, companies popping up left and right, etc.  But overall, the technology continues to improve and enterprises are finding new ways to make the cloud better every day.  Among the hundreds and thousands of headlines you can find online about cloud computing, there have been some major advancements in cloud computing that everyone should be aware of.

Standardization.  This has been a topic of discussion since the beginning of 2009, but a couple weeks ago various standards organizations met in Washington, DC to devise a cloud computing strategy to get the related technologies working together (read: standardized) for better interoperability.

Cloud operating systems.  Google has been working on Chrome, Windows Azure is working on their own OS and VMware released their vSphere operating system for enterprise clients.  Overall, these three developments will prove as very important in the evolution of cloud computing.

Hybrid Clouds. BMC made an agreement with Amazon making it possible for IT departments to create self-service portals where internal developers and business units can request virtualized IT resources delivered from their own data centers or Amazon EC2 that can be configured and provisioned in minutes.

APIs. Rackspace has exposed its Cloud Servers API, and more cloud APIs are sure to follow.  Cloud APIs simplify processes which helps to speed up the development of new services and the creation of hybrid clouds by providing an interface between corporate data centers and public cloud services.

Personally, I think there’s no end in sight for more developments in cloud computing.  Discussions are transitioning from “when” to “how” in terms of implementation, showing that cloud adoption is on the rise.  As more companies begin to adopt it, more service providers will better hone their offerings to better the cloud market as a whole.  It will definitely be an exciting topic to follow.


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