Learn to love the cloud
Cloud computing. It's not just a buzzword -- it's your future.
That's right: if you're not yet sick of the phrase, then you've got a leg up on the rest of us, because you're going to be hearing a lot more about cloud computing, cloud services, cloud-based storage and similar terms.
According to IDC's chief analyst, Frank Gens, cloud computing "will be a growth sector for the next 20 years."
"In 2009, the pace of adoption of the cloud will accelerate," Gens said. (The reason? Surprise, surprise: IDC predicts that the expansion to cloud computing will accelerate as budget pressures drive enterprises to seek out new, lower-cost options.)
It's already begun -- and certainly, vendors already realize this. Let's take a quick spin through a couple recent industry announcements regarding new offerings in the cloud.