Cloud computing's murky future

A lack of interoperability means it is too early to wish on a cloud, says Stephen Pritchard.

Then there is the question of connecting cloud applications to "legacy" services, an area where, PA suggests, BPOS currently enjoys an advantage over Google.

One solution is for businesses to turn to middleware for synchronisation engine to tie cloud providers' offerings together. Microsoft's own, snappily-named SQL Azure Data Sync Service is one, and there is a potential market for third-party services that synchronise other cloud services in, err, the cloud.

In the short term, though, PA suggests that most businesses are playing safe by limiting their use of cloud to "peripheral services". This, though, means not enjoying the full potential of the cloud platform.

But, until fully-fledged standards emerge, PA warns that the "acceptability of some data loss needs to be considered".

For many enterprises, the acceptable level of data loss is none. Wishing on a cloud? Maybe not yet.

Stephen Pritchard is a contributing editor at IT PRO.

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