Enterprise IT will demand better security/governance from public cloud service providers--and I do believe that the public clouds will get there.
To your second question, I also think large, established IT vendors are in a better position to offer secure public cloud services--or in some cases, public cloud infrastructures to others who actually represent themselves as the end cloud vendors.
I don't think public cloud will always be in the silo, because as we speak, vendors are beginning to "build out" safe integration methods that should accomodate enterprise privacy concerns going forward.
I believe that one day we will have a fully "federated" cloud approach that is both safe and manageable, and where enterprises will feel they are "in control"--but we are not there yet.
I like the way Mary has outlined where we need to go, but the realities of the fact that we are building a vertical capability in a silo effort at the present.
I am wondering if the infrastructure will remain in isolation, but that as we apply the technology and data to projects and expanding the functional capabilities, we will increasingly evolve into a more integrated system. And from that we will further develop the cloud?
Thanks for the video blog, Mary. Someone will have to start making a commitment to using public cloud services before we see the kind of developments you describe. Will the impetus come from enterprises putting pressure on cloud providers for better security and integration? Will clouds proffered by big IT vendors be more trusted than clouds from newer and smaller suppliers?
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