Top 20 Tech and Channel Trends of 2009
1. Cloud Computing (’Nuff Said)
That constant, ubiquitous hum everyone heard all year was the buzz about "cloud computing." More than just software-as-a-service and Web services—and certainly much better than application service providers—"The Cloud" captured the recession-plagued world’s imagination as a magical means for reducing costs and expanding capabilities. While cloud computing is nothing new (in fact, some people say it’s more marketing hype than a technology), everyone is looking for their place in the services world. Microsoft, Google, Cisco and other vendors are building out their cloud capacities. Newcomers like Rackspace and Amazon.com are providing huge clouds as platforms and sandboxes for the delivery of cloud-based services. Solution providers are making choices about where they fit in the cloud world – delivering, reselling or supporting. Analysts and solution providers alike predict that 2010 will be the "Year of the Cloud," while skeptics believe it will take years before the cloud reaches critical mass.