Forrester: Cloud Computing the Future of Data Centers

In a new report, Forrester analyst James Staten states that new hosting companies that target start-ups could bring cloud computing into businesses as a data center replacement. In the report, author Staten says:

“Cloud computing looks very much like the instantiation of many vendors’ visions of the data center of the future, it’s an abstracted, fabric-based infrastructure that enables dynamic movement, growth, and protection of services that is billed like a utility. It also has the earmarks of a disruptive innovation: It is enterprise technology packaged to best fit the needs of small businesses and start-ups – not the enterprise.”

The report goes on to highlight cloud computing’s ability to accelerate the speed at which people can gain services, bypassing traditional IT departments.. And unlike other hosting services, services are based on consumption and the technology infrastructure is optimized for hosting several customers.

Forrester also pinpoints a range of companies as “cloud providers,” including Amazon.com, Akamai Technologies, Joyent, Rackspace’s Mosso software, and Salesforce.com’s Force.com platform.

While it’s still preemptive to categorize cloud computing as a bona fide delivery model, it’s showing the classic signs of distributive technology – it’s not good enough for the masses yet, but it has the potential to shake things up. The model certainly is carrying weight, as both Microsoft and Google are speculated to be developing pay-per-drink computing services, such as hosted server processing and storage. And since both are optimized for large-scale hosts, they could serve enterprise customers as well.

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