But are we there yet?
This whole “cloud revolution” reminds me of the “managed services revolution” 10 years ago. Heck, I was selling IP based monitoring of web sites for up/down status and charging $10.00/month for it and had no idea I was an MSP or for that matter, working in the cloud! There are so many different definitions on what makes a service cloud based. Here are my thoughts on what is and isn’t cloud, IMHO.
1. If you access it remotely, it is a cloud app–SaaS
2. If you pay for usage of someone else’s infrastructure like a utility, it’s a cloud app–IaaS
3. If you do not have to buy new hardware and software (except a pc to connect) to it, it’s a cloud app—SaaS or HaaS
5. If you do not have to pay for support anymore it is included in your monthly fee it’s a cloud app.
So to answer the question “Are we there yet?”. I say, we are getting closer everyday but have a long way to go.
Be careful of who and what you trust. When you get involved, like any good decision, make sure you are with a trustworthy company that has years of experience like www.eTegrity.com and has the back-end knowledge to help you wade though all the noise out there.