Migration Madness Comes to the Cloud

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NEWS ANALYSIS: Cloud computing is more dynamic than many realize. There seems to be interest in moving apps not only between clouds but also out of them.

"This topic is starting to come up a lot with customers," Engelke said. "In terms of optimizing distributed data flows, it means that there will be a lot more customization."

In fact, providers of monitoring tools that span multiple clouds such as Cloudyn are counting on increased complexity creating demand for more sophisticated approaches to managing cloud computing deployments.

"There's already lot of strong demand for application migration," said Cloudyn CEO Sharon Wagner. "Today we think that 10 to 15 percent of that market is served by MSPs, but we think that it is going to be a much bigger percentage in the future."

The degree to which solution providers across the channel can capitalize on what will be continuous migrations of applications—in, out and between—clouds will vary widely. But the one thing that is for certain is that cloud computing going forward will be a whole lot more dynamic than most people in and out of IT fully appreciate right now.

Michael Vizard has been covering IT issues in the enterprise for 25 years as an editor and columnist for publications such as InfoWorld, eWEEK, Baseline, CRN, ComputerWorld and Digital Review.