Cloud Computing Isn't Necessarily For Everyone

from the down-to-earth dept

For quite some time, there's been a lot of buzz over cloud computing -- with people arguing over what the "cloud" is exactly and how it actually changes anything. Simple online file storage is even discussed as some kind of revolution -- and Google is getting some undue publicity for Google Docs now that users can upload any kind of file to it (up to 1GB, that is). Obviously, there is plenty of potential behind cloud computing, but it may be hard to live up to the hype.

So it's interesting to see a CTO (who should have every reason to promote cloud services) say that some applications won't go to the cloud. Apparently, the IT infrastructure supporting large manufacturing plants will "never" move to the cloud. Additionally, the regulatory headaches in the financial industry will probably prevent some financial applications from running on external data centers, too. But it looks like any other application that can have a web interface is fair game for cloud computing.

Are there any other applications that you wouldn't want to put in the cloud? Or will all but the most critical (or maintenance heavy) applications eventually be cloud-based?
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    Jake, 15 Jan 2010 @ 2:20am

    Personally, I don't plan on going any further into the cloud than off-site backups. I don't like relying on third parties I can't talk to directly, and particularly detest being unable to get any work done because my broadband connection is on the fritz. Dumb terminals went out of fashion for a reason.

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