Gartner: Cloud Computing #1 Technology for 2010


Just a little while ago Steve Shankland posted an article from the front lines of the Gartner Symposium ITxpo in Orlando.   The article is based on a presentation given today by Gartner addressing the top 10 trends that will be coming in IT in 2010.

And what found itself moving up two spaces from last year and claiming the top spot?   Cloud computing.

Gartner’s cloud advice, notes Shankland, is

…companies should figure out what cloud services might give them value, how to write applications that run on cloud services, and whether they should build their own private clouds that use Internet-style networking technology within a company’s firewall.

(On a side note, it’s interesting to see that last year’s leader virtualization has been tri-sected into: Client Computing, Reshaping the Data Center and Virtualization for Availability)

Back on top

Being at the top of a Gartner chart is nothing new for Cloud Computing as you can see in this Hype Cycle from a couple of months ago:


So I guess the moral of this story is, just because something is over-hyped doesn’t mean its still not important.  Ignore the cloud at your peril :)

Pau for now…

Endnote: A word from our sponsor

If you happen to be at the Gartner event and you want to see Dell’s take on the cloud, check out Tim Mattox’s presentation tomorrow at 3:30 – 4:30: Leveraging the Cloud to Reduce your IT costs.

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