11-01-2011 02:03 PM
Most people agree that the cloud is an exciting development that may revolutionize the industry, but that doesn't mean there's agreement about how to deploy it and where it will go in the future.
If you get a panel of experts together and ask them about cloud deployments, you will get a variety of intriguing answers from many different points of view. Which viewpoint is relevant to you depends on your starting point and the direction you would like to go in the future.
There are a lot of questions a cloud service provider must answer as they figure out how best to offer cloud services. Ideas abound about just what cloud service providers need to consider. One thought is that CSPs need to determine how they will leverage their network infrastructure in deploying the cloud. Another suggests that technologies like OpenFlow will play a large role in the future of clouds. And another that OpenStack may have a lot of relevance in the future of clouds. Some of these articles are focused on the future while others are focused on assessing whether or not your organization is ready for the cloud, but all of them touch on topics worth thinking about.
So what can you take away from this? Mainly, there's a lot out there to consider. Clouds are coming rapidly, and there are many factors you must take into account as you plan to deploy them. Which direction you go will depend on your organization.
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