Cloud Computing Gets Pervasive

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According to the folks at Gartner, we're entering a new phase of cloud computing.

During a webcast identifying the top IT trends for 2011 that can be found here, Gartner Managing Vice President Dennis Gaughan says that 2011 will be remembered as the year that cloud computing became pervasive. Furthermore, Gaughan says that many IT organizations will soon be relying on services to integrate and orchestrate all those services.

The implications of that statement for internal IT organizations is profound because it suggests that fundamental changes to their role inside their organizations is about to occur. Instead of building systems and maintaining the applications that run on them, IT organizations will be spending a lot more of their time supervising disparate cloud computing services that the business is increasingly going to rely on.

In reality, however, the cloud computing landscape is going to be a lot more hybrid, with internal IT organizations managing the delivery of external services, while also building and maintaining private clouds. In some instances, those private clouds might reside on external systems that are remotely managed by internal IT organizations.

As is often the case when job functions change, there will be a lot of consternation as groups of IT professionals jockey for position in this new era of the cloud. The good news is that the business should get more value out of IT overall. That means the people who are seen to be delivering those services should be seen as adding more value to the business, which ultimately should be a good thing for IT professionals whether they are working inside as traditional enterprise or part of the team that builds and delivers the cloud computing service.