Friday 1 August 2008

Trusting the Cloud

Nothing like a list in a blog post to start a discussion... in this case Stacey Higginbotham at GigaOM gives us 10 Reasons Enterprises Aren’t Ready to Trust the Cloud - she writes in her introduction:

"I have no doubt that this is The Next Big Thing in computing, but sometimes I get a little tired of the noise... So let’s turn down the noise level and add a dose of reality. Here are 10 reasons enterprises aren’t ready to trust the cloud."

  1. It’s not secure.
  2. It can’t be logged.
  3. It’s not platform agnostic.
  4. Reliability is still an issue.
  5. Portability isn’t seamless.
  6. It’s not environmentally sustainable.
  7. Cloud computing still has to exist on physical servers.
  8. The need for speed still reigns at some firms.
  9. Large companies already have an internal cloud.
  10. Bureaucracy will cause the transition to take longer than building replacement housing in New Orleans.

Its well worth reading through the comments for the different perspectives. I think my gut reaction to the list is similar to many others (and very similar to what I discuss in my recent IDM article) that yes, there are issues, but this is a new space and personally I think some will be solved indirectly. The bigger issues in fact are the non-technology challenges that are emerging from how we use the cloud.

Hat tip to Martin.


  1. Anonymous9:16 pm

    Hi James
    realising there's more to consider than EMC Documentum Sharepoint issues, finally decided to look at clouds - ended up on your blog - confirmed my concerns on governance issues

    KerrieAnne C from PKSW

  2. hi James

    Records Management Association of Australia is now considering the implications of who owns the content of tweets on twitter and docs on yahoo and facebook etc etc

    I forwarded them your blog post as input to the dialogue

  3. Thanks, KerrieAnne. I'd be interested to see what comes out of that.


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