Is the writing on the wall for Cloud Computing?

By Theo Priestley

The IT industry moves in cycles. Much like the fashion industry, trends come and go then return with a bang. It seems that Cloud Computing is about to hit that cycle now and go out of fashion faster than it came in.

The NSA and PRISM break out has exposed data security at a global scale that nobody was, but really should have been, prepared for. But it’s also raised eyebrows across the C-level in the enterprise as to whether they want to invest in a cloud strategy now. An exchange this morning with Ray Wang of Constellation Research revealed that 100 clients think that the US Govt has screwed over every cloud vendor with what’s happening and that on-premise software is back on the menu. It’s hardly surprising, you could tell that the writing was on the wall when Snowden hit the headlines but the turnaround is proving a lot faster.

“We see the writing the wall, and we have decided that it is best for us to shut down Silent Mail now.”

But it’s not just Cloud vendors who are sweating. Third party security and encryption vendors have basically been shot down in flames too. This week alone two email encryption services, Lavabit and Silent Circle, have shut up shop because of the NSA spying. Silent Circle told customers it has killed off Silent Mail rather than risk their privacy.

Companies are willing to close their own doors than compromise their own values and risk the data they hold for customers being targeted and used, and this raises a lot more questions around whether encryption services are really worth it if Governments can just come knocking and ask for the information to be handed over.

So where do we go from here ? Back to on-premise like this never happened ? Hybrid Cloud ? (no!) It’s just another pendulum swing for IT; on-prem, off-prem, on-prem….and repeat. Remind anyone of the BPO cycle ?

For vendors who have a core strength in on-premise software this the absolute right time to shout about it.

The writing may be on the wall for Cloud for now, and much like the fashion industry where trends come and go then return with a bang, with Cloud it’ll be a thunderclap. Watch the skies….

 

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