Patty’s Pioneers’ Predictions for 2011
By Pat Kerpan, One of Patty’s Pioneers
MY PREDICTIONS FOR THIS YEAR
Looking back on my 2010 predictions, I say I went 5 for 10, my colleagues insist it is 7 for 10. You be the judge (http://vmblog.com/archive/2009/12/30/2010-in-cloud-computing-game-on.aspx). Where I missed was actually believing that cloud-washing would start winding down (instead of ramping up) and that the basic and simple structures of the cloud market would become evident (unfortunately opacity has increased as some vendors and analysts pursue a “scare the enterprise users” approach to their business ambitions).
As a note, I am liberal in my cloud definition, so when I say “cloud” I mean public, private, partner, hybrid, etc., and am talking about Infrastructure as a Service. All standard disclaimers apply. While my views are obviously informed by my work at CohesiveFT, the predictions and commentary below are mine and do not reflect corporate statements from my employer.
The “Hardware Support for Software Encryption” Conversation Will NOT Begin
This is an about face from last year's predictions. No matter to what degree, enterprises CANNOT have their data in motion in “plain text” on a third-party network over which they have no insight, visibility or control. The hardware side of the technology market will expend resources on security approaches that have the potential for providing customer lock-in, rather than solutions which would leverage existing customer skills, understanding, and IT assets.