A Good Question About Middleware and the Cloud

Loraine Lawson
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Choosing Your First Cloud Application Initiative

Questions you should ask to help determine which cloud application path you should pursue.

Analyst Robin Bloor shares an unusual twist on the topic of cloud computing. He starts out with the contention that everything we consider "cloud" could be deployed in a traditional data center, which inevitably leads to the question: Is cloud computing really a necessity?


Thankfully he responded, and I hope he doesn't mind me relating his response here.


So, what was his conclusion? Yes, it is a necessity, and he gives 10 reasons why including, surprisingly enough, that "IT got too integrated."


Now, there, he surprised me. I sent Bloor, a partner with Hurwitz and Associates and founder of Bloor Research, a tweet asking for clarification on that one. I asked him if he meant enterprise IT.


"Well yes, enterprise IT," he responded. "But I'm referring to the integration of networks and the explosion of nodes that are linked to."


That makes a lot more sense in context of what he wrote in the piece:

It began with the Internet, which quickly had every company in the world depending on the services you could get to with a click of the mouse. We rarely think what IT would be like without it, but at least half the things we do would be impossible. Well, the integration technology that made all that Internet access possible; the search engines, the free email, the chat technology, YouTube, Facebook, etc., that's where the cloud was born. You need cloud data centers to run that stuff.

Now that makes more sense.


Many of his points will be of interest to business leaders. Some arguments are widely known, such as "cloud IT is cheaper IT," and some may have long been suspected but not voiced, including, "We don't know how to build data centers-it's too hard." He also discusses how recent architecture trends-including <strong>service-oriented architecture (SOA</strong>)-have solidified this path to the cloud. His column is a good argument for cloud.

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