Top 20 Tech and Channel Trends of 2009

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    Lawrence Walsh

    | Posted 2010-01-04

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.

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Lawrence Walsh Lawrence Walsh is editor of Baseline magazine, overseeing print and online editorial content and the strategic direction of the publication. He is also a regular columnist for Ziff Davis Enterprise's Channel Insider. Mr. Walsh is well versed in IT technology and issues, and he is an expert in IT security technologies and policies, managed services, business intelligence software and IT reseller channels. An award-winning journalist, Mr. Walsh has served as editor of CMP Technology's VARBusiness and GovernmentVAR magazines, and TechTarget's Information Security magazine. He has written hundreds of articles, analyses and commentaries on the development of reseller businesses, the IT marketplace and managed services, as well as information security policy, strategy and technology. Prior to his magazine career, Mr. Walsh was a newspaper editor and reporter, having held editorial positions at the Boston Globe, MetroWest Daily News, Brockton Enterprise and Community Newspaper Company.

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