The Year of Cloud Computing

December 26, 2008
Category: Uncategorized

Some tech experts are saying we will see cloud computing spread in 2009. Cloud computing is when you use a Web site’s servers and software and you can access them from anywhere, like Flickr for photosharing or YouTube for video. 
 
In 2009, companies may be less willing to buy a bunch of software that employees use once in a while, or worse, have a variety of software that won’t work together. SaaS (Software as a Service) is a pay-as-you-use-it approach. And because of downsizing, companies may also find they don’t have the IT or design support to build new solutions to their problems. So they turn to cloud computing, where the design work and much of the IT work is already done for you. You just load in the data you generate every day.

In fact, you probably already use “cloud computing” and don’t know it.

The business world is already using Cloud Computing technology through sites like Google enterprise, Salesforce.com, Amazon Web services, Workday and the PaaS (Platform as a Service) site Force.com.

Fortune magazine said:
 
Software-as-a-service companies have long promoted themselves as more capital-efficient alternatives to installed software solutions. Instead of financing a big software purchase and installation, companies can “pay as they go” under the cloud services model.

“The capital crunch of 2009 will put a spotlight on the advantages of cloud computing: less risk, no capital expenditure, predictable operating expenses and fast results,” predicted Salesforce’s (CEO Marc) Benioff. “I believe that will translate into greater adoption for both cloud computing applications and platforms.”

The Software Licensing Blog said:
 
Demian Entrekin, founder and Chief Technology Officer of Innotas, has written an Op Ed piece for SandHill entitled 10 Predictions for Software as a Service. In it he cites a Gartner study that predicts the $6.4 billion in SaaS sales for 2008 will grow to over $14.8 billion by 2012.

VMBlog said:
“This year cloud computing made the leap from an interesting proposition to a viable option for even the largest of enterprises. In 2009 it becomes mandatory,” said Appirio co-founder, Narinder Singh. “Today’s economic climate will force enterprises to pick technology winners and losers for their environment in order to cut costs, be more efficient and deliver business-relevant innovation. Cloud computing makes this seemingly impossible task a possibility -– much more so than traditional software. This is why we believe cloud computing will be counter cyclical, with SaaS and PaaS investment accelerating, and traditional software spending declining.”
SocialText founder Ross Mayfield predicts the emergence of Box.net, GroupSwim, Jive, OneHub, PBwiki, SocialCast and of course his own SocialText.