Predictions for 2010: A Coming Cloud Catastrophe?

While the “best of lists” for 2009 and the decade as a whole keep coming, so do forecasts for what may be in store for us in 2010. A bit foreboding is this BusinessWeek report that follows up with Mark Anderson’s report in Strategic News Service, which is delivered annually to industry senior executives at companies like Intel, Dell, and Microsoft.

A growing number of businesses and individuals have begun to heavily rely on “cloud computing” over the past few years, turning over storage and various other tasks to outside providers. Such storage options have become commonplace, from photographers archiving pictures with Yahoo!’s Flickr to companies turning over complicated computing operations to Amazon. Anderson suggests that the tendency could backfire in some high-profile way in the coming year. “It could either be a service-outage-type catastrophe or a security-based catastrophe,” he says. “In either case, it will be big enough. It will be the kind of disaster that makes you say, if you’re a [Chief Information Officer]: ‘That’s why I didn’t get involved with the cloud.'” (Read more)

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