Over a relatively short period, cloud computing will "become one of the ways we 'do' computing and workloads [apps/VMs] will move around in hybrid internal/external IT environments," he said following release of Gartner's report How internal and External Cloud Services are Transforming IT.
IDC goes even further, referring to both internal and external clouds simply as "the Third Platform."
By then, even with the extra space of a third platform, there may not be much room for IT except a couple of floors beneath the executive suite, where it can maintain the legacies, keep the lights on and try to keep out of the way of end users and cloud providers that will be setting the agendas, managing the budgets and occasionally phoning IT just to make sure it hasn't gotten too lonely.
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