Security: This issue is linked to standards as well. We know that clouds need to be secure, and that we're not there yet in terms of complete security. However, with the initial work by the Cloud Security Alliance, we're beginning to see some thought leadership. That said, we seem to be much better at running around being Chicken Little in terms of warning enterprises of the dangers around cloud computing, but not so skilled at providing security strategy and tactical guidance. Truth be told, with a bit of solid architectural forethought and some good technology, you can have cloud-deployed systems that are much more secure than on-premise systems. These issues ostensibly around security seem to be more about control.
Anyhow, the conference was good way to spend three days thinking about and talking about cloud computing.
This article, "The cloud's three key issues come into focus," was originally published at InfoWorld.com. Read more of David Linthicum's Cloud Computing blog and follow the latest developments in cloud computing at InfoWorld.com.