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CLOUD COMPUTING Sunshine ahead


So is the future looking bright for the cloud? Yes, if companies use it sensibly. The cloud removes the need for the risky storage of systems in the office – entrusting them to hosts like Foreshore makes total sense. As does using SaaS where it’s appropriate, for certain non-core business functions. But it would be wise to beware the ‘cloud’ touts pushing managed desktops as the must-have solution.


Unfortunately for the smaller vendors, their jig may be up, as the mighty Microsofts and Googles close in. Unless, that is, they can provide truly useful bespoke systems tailored to local business needs. “We have been building a cloud infrastructure that delivers services to companies with commercially highly sensitive data that requires an offshore environment,” says Foreshore’s Evans. “The rest will become a commodity, and Jersey cloud providers will struggle to compete against bigger providers who will ultimately offer a cheaper service.” Will there be some cloud success stories in 2010? “Absolutely,” says


Loane. “But there will be a shakedown as vendors realise they need to educate, and provide 24-hour support, proper security measures, exit clauses and reliable proven systems.“ And, of course, turn down that hot air.


As Channel Islands business considers what utility computing means to them, they should heed one thing – even if you’re head’s in the cloud, you really need to keep your feet on the ground. n


DAVE WALLER is a freelance business journalist


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