“Obviously there will be a backlash. If you believe the hype you have to believe a backlash too. Any criticism we get is always stuff we’ve already criticized ourselves.” – Johnny Greenwood, Radiohead
I’m with Johnny. I’m fully expecting a cloud computing backlash, if it’s not already happening. The backlash really isn’t about architecture but about language. Any day now, the trend-setters will shift the terminology around — again. At the end of the day, off-premises computing will be combined with on-premises computing, based on different strategies and different types of companies – and they’ll keep doing that indefinitely. Whether it’s called “cloud computing” or not is irrelevant. The words change, and the technology for off-premises will continue to mature, and then be re-infused back into on-premises. It’s a bit like the space program, where NASA went to the moon and everyone got Tang; the spinoffs, in other words, are real.