In 2011, Clouds rolling in

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Where do you stand on cloud computing? Where does your company stand? If you think it's all hype, you might be surprised to learn that many of your colleagues are giving it a serious look.

Gartner's August 2010 "Hype Cycle" report puts cloud computing just over the "peak of inflated expectations," heading for the "trough of disillusionment." Maybe that's right, once you tack on the four to five months since Gartner published. I think most IT professionals would agree that cloud has received more than its fair share of, let's say, attention.

The irony is that even while many people are sick of hearing about cloud , this isn't a one-way, vendor-driven conversation. In fact, a few big-name vendors took early stands against cloud but now, in reaction to user demand, are busily launching cloud offerings. In many cases, the C-suite is leading the internal conversation about the cloud, so there's impetus behind it. Many organizations are actively planning or implementing cloud initiatives this year.

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