Dark Clouds Ahead

Last month I wrote about cloud computing. I recently saw a couple of things about this. First is the trend of companies growing their IT departments. Cloud computing offers a predefined generic solution for many companies. Often IT budgets are planned out in advance. Cloud services are on a pay as you use model. Making budgeting planning difficult.

Another is CEO and CIO lack of trust in cloud models. Coupled with that is the fear of losing control over the IT infrastructure and data.

Second thing I read is the LAPD’s unhappiness with Google’s Apps cloud model. It has been two years and they still aren’t satisfied with Google’s lack of security in meeting DOJ security demands. This seems to be a reoccurring factor when it comes to government agencies migrating to the cloud. Besides subjecting millions of personal records to virtual server farms, increasingly we are loosing IT professional skills to cheaper offshore companies. India? When these skills go away, it takes months even years to regain viable IT departments.

2 thoughts on “Dark Clouds Ahead

  1. Rob O.

    As an old IT guy, my first assumption is that the network will go down. So you’d better establish and maintain good downtime procedures and training for that eventuality.

    Cloud computing seems to thrive on the monumentally naive notion that there is no downtime. Even if you can make them secure, can you make cloud-based services as reliable?

    Everything old is new again. This is a rehash of the “thin client” rationale that arrived in the ’90s with much fanfare but little success. Sadly, cloud computing has revitalized the thin client model again. Ugh. Show me the money.


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