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Has Cloud Computing Reached a New Inflection Point?

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Last week, I attended the Oracle Enterprise Cloud Computing summit in New York. It was a very good event; had great speakers - a good mix of thought leaders and those who very well knew how to engage the audience. They shared quite a bit of their vision of how the cloud will take shape within enterprise IT. They also shared information on their products that will enable cloud implementation and integration. Overall, it was more of a cloud computing information sharing event than a typical marketing one which made me quite happy.

But, what made me happier was the message that came out of it. It was delivered quite subtly. For most of the products that were presented, the focus was on cloud integration. Here, by "cloud" I mean the public cloud. In fact, there was one whole 45-minute session on integrating on-premise applications with cloud applications. That, to me, signified that they have accepted the existence of the public cloud and want to work in collaboration with it rather than direct their efforts on private cloud alone. This kind of a message from a market leader is very important because that's what sets the future direction for the technology. IBM acquisitions in the cloud integration space and other similar events from 2010 had set the tone already. But, this one kind of sealed it for me.

I think the debate on which one of the two models, on-premise or public cloud, would survive in the long run is practically over. We all know now that both would coexist, giving rise to a hybrid environment that would include best of both the worlds. I had actively been proposing this model for more than two years. There can't be anything more gratifying than getting an affirmation from the big players.

Just this week, Amazon announced extending their Relational Database Service (RDS) to include Oracle database 11g. It all fits in very well now. It further emphasizes the point that software vendors are seeing public clouds as partners, and not competitors, who provide a delivery mechanism for their products. As a result, we'll see more vendor products that are currently available only through on-premise licenses, being increasingly offered through public cloud platforms allowing license portability across the public-private boundary. This will only go to providing greater economic advantages, more sourcing options and new operational models for enterprise IT. Looks like cloud has indeed reached a new inflection point, set for a major explosion.

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Ravi is an accomplished IT leader with 20 years of work experience, and strong concentration and success in management, strategy and vision. Before launching BizEnablers, a consulting firm specializing in enterprise cloud strategy and implementation, Ravi was Chief Architect at Dun & Bradstreet, world’s leading source of commercial information and insights into businesses. For last 10 years of working for corporate IT, he held several senior leadership positions spearheading diverse programs and organizations. He currently sits on the IT Advisory Board of New Jersey Technology Council (NJTC), the foremost organization of technology companies in New Jersey. He is actively engaged in cloud computing thought leadership through publications and frequent participations as a speaker or a panelist. He holds a Masters in Computer Science from Michigan State University.

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