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Gartner Lays Out 7-year Plan for Cloud Computing

According to Gartner's new report, cloud computing will go through three phases over seven years before it will mature as an industry;
  • Phase 1: 2007 to 2011 — Pioneers and Trailblazers - A market development phase when technology providers with the strongest market "vision" will garner the most success among early adopters. 
  • Phase 2: 2010 to 2013 — Market Consolidation - The market will become overcrowded with a broad range of solutions from large and small vendors, and competitive pressure will drive many weaker players from the market, resulting in acquisition activity. By 2013 this technology will be the preferred, but not the exclusive, choice for the majority of opportunistic and architecturally simple application development efforts among Global 2000 enterprises.
  • Phase 3: 2012 to 2015 and Beyond — Mainstream Critical Mass and Commoditization - A small number of large providers will dominate the market, providing de facto standards. These vendors will primarily leverage proprietary technologies developed during the previous five years, but they will also widely support intracloud application programming interfaces to establish a technology "fabric," linking cloud-based solutions across vendor platforms.
This outlook definitely says that cloud computing is here to stay.  


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Kevin Jackson, founder of the GovCloud Network, is an independent technology and business consultant specializing in mission critical solutions. He has served in various senior management positions including VP & GM Cloud Services NJVC, Worldwide Sales Executive for IBM and VP Program Management Office at JP Morgan Chase. His formal education includes MSEE (Computer Engineering), MA National Security & Strategic Studies and a BS Aerospace Engineering. Jackson graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1979 and retired from the US Navy earning specialties in Space Systems Engineering, Airborne Logistics and Airborne Command and Control. He also served with the National Reconnaissance Office, Operational Support Office, providing tactical support to Navy and Marine Corps forces worldwide. Kevin is the founder and author of “Cloud Musings”, a widely followed blog that focuses on the use of cloud computing by the Federal government. He is also the editor and founder of “Government Cloud Computing” electronic magazine, published at Ulitzer.com. To set up an appointment CLICK HERE