Cloud Computing is the New [Fill in the blank]

By Daniel A. Freeman |

I was reading this post on Cloud Computing from the TechCrunch blog earlier today. This post includes some video from a recent Cloud Computing event that they held. Watch it and you'll see various experts and industry leaders singing the praises of cloud computing both on its technical merits and on the business innovation they feel it will bring. As this post argues, it all boils down to the fact that "as a term [cloud computing] is broad enough to encompass most internet startups and already is in danger of being latched onto as the next catch-all category". Or, as a representative of a venture capital company declares on the video, "cloud computing is the new dotcom".

This sentiment has proven somewhat controversial. Cloud Computing  expert and blogger Reuven Cohen had this response:

I think he may see this proclamation as a good thing for the industry. I'm not sure if his statement is some sort of deluded wishful thinking or whether Zachary is just completely ignorant to cloud computing or maybe he longs for the dotcom boom to return? I'm afraid the only thing that Zachary proves with this ridiculous statement is he and possibly his firms complete ignorance to what cloud computing is and the opportunities it brings.

Cohen does not dispute the transformational power of cloud computing. He is simply wary of the potential for private investors and entrepreneurs to push this trend too hard or too fast in directions that may not be successful. As the saying goes, "we've seen that movie before, and it doesn't have a happy ending."

This mini-debate illustrates what I think is so great about living in the twenty-first century. We have a new technology that, while it isn't without its detractors, seems like it has the power to transform how we compute. The private sector is working to ensure that it does, and the industry experts and all of the movers and shakers are working to ensure that they don't lose their voice in this process. With Web 2.0, we can watch it all unfold.

The gears are turning; this transformation has started. We just don't know how its going to turn out.