Yesterday CAST hosted a breakfast for IT leaders in government agencies - one of the themes was moving applications to the Cloud. I was surprised (and relieved) to see so many agencies represented - FEMA, DHS, SEC, NASA, and the Defense Intelligence Agency just to name a few.
Based on yesterday's conversation and the questions from the audience, I'm even more convinced this is something companies are going to keep asking us about. The considerations around reliability, security and maintainability don't change when you move applications to the Cloud - if anything they become more serious.
I'm certain this is going to be a theme for 2010 and luckily for me, CAST belongs in this conversation.
Our customers will need guidance on which applications make sense to move and which don't - and how to make sure those applications they migrate to the Cloud don't pose risks or compromise performance.
To hear more about our thoughts on cloud, see Jitendra's knowledgeable and clever post, 'Cloud - is that something you might be interested in?'
If you're interested in the presentations from yesterday, comment and I'll send them to you. Because it was so popular we might record a web session, but for the private sector. Stay tuned!