Is cloud computing as big as its hype suggests? Or are those in the field doomed to miss expectations and crash and burn? Gartner has added cloud computing to their "Hype" list, suggesting that cloud computing is likely to disappoint as expectations have grown far above what can be accomplished.
Originally posted as Cloud Computing and the Hype Cycle on December 15, 2009 at 4:42pm:
It is undeniable that cloud computing activities have come to the forefront in the IT industry to the point that Gartner declares “The levels of hype around cloud computing in the IT industry are deafening, with every vendor expounding its cloud strategy and variations, such as private cloud computing and hybrid approaches, compounding the hype.” As such, Gartner has added cloud computing to this year’s Hype Cycle report and placed the technology right at the Peak of Inflated Expectations
...is cloud computing at its peak of hype, about to fall short of expectations and bound to fall into the trough of disillusionment? According to Gartner, the goal of this exercise is to separate hype from reality and enable CIOs, CEOs and technology strategists to make accurate business decisions regarding the adoption of a particular technology.
The blogger goes on to question whether Gartner's characterization is accurate given that cloud computing means a variety of things to IT professionals. Furthermore, the technology is on the cusp of sustaining itself:
Hence we’d like to claim that the recent interest in cloud computing, taken in the context of prior developments on grid computing, the service paradigm and virtualization and over the infrastructure provided by the Internet, is actually the slow climb into the Slope of Enlightenment. Experimentation will continue, and some attempts will still fail. However the general trend will be toward mainstreaming. In fact, one of the success metrics predicted for the grid was that the technology becoming so common that no one would think about the grid anymore. This pattern is already taking place with federated computing and federated storage.
For our part, we believe cloud computing, virtualization, and increased server utilization are trends that will only continue over the next few years. Given today's economic environments, IT professionals will must continue to get more computing power out of their assets.