When I began writing On Top of the Cloud in 2011,1 many CIOs were still trying to determine if the cloud was a fad, a trend, or a genuine transformation. I think that most of us can agree that the cloud represents genuine change, but the nature and extent of that change is still up for debate.
Two years ago, many people assumed that when others mentioned the cloud, they were referring to some kind of public cloud service. Today, most IT executives have a much more nuanced view of the cloud. They understand that the cloud can assume many shapes and forms.
For example, I frequently hear CIOs talking about the cloud as a kind of virtual mechanism for helping them manage intense bursts of activity or temporary overflows. I also hear CIOs talking more about their plans to build private clouds. Many are working with vendors or consultants to develop hybrid public/private cloud solutions.
Far from being “the end of IT as we know it,” the cloud seems to be finding its place among the other essential components of the enterprise ...