11 Cloud Computing Predictions For 2011


The Cloud Gets Vertical, Diverse

"As the opportunity for cloud computing becomes more apparent for businesses and industries, 2011 will be a year marked by an increasing number and diversity of clouds. A combination of forces -- from regulatory compliance in various industries to the innovative spirit behind developing better business models -- will usher in different clouds serving different needs. Healthcare clouds that are HIPAA-compliant. Clouds tailored for financial services. Clouds for various public sector organizations. Clouds for education. This diversity will pick up in the coming year, and much of this trend will be predicated on networking's evolution in making clouds possible regardless of their industry or purpose."

-- Lew Tucker, CTO, Cloud Computing, Cisco