When it all started, large companies and organizations were skeptical about the model of cloud computing, especially when it comes to hosting critical applications and data. However, this attitude has now changed.

Software providers with global influence are nowadays developing new versions of their applications for exclusive use in cloud environment, which shows the mutual intention by providers and customers to meet each other in open horizons.

The cloud is proving to be the most cost effective method to lift the huge burden of storage and management of the gigantic amount of data these companies produce and process.

The cloud continues to grow and ripen. For sure, hosting and collocation are significant steps towards the detachment of companies from costly equipment. But, the cloud in full deployment must provide Software as a Service and critical applications hosting. The next, and even more advanced step, is managed services. Are CIOs feeling really safe to take these steps?

SLA, Security, virtualization, managed services, are words that oblige any organization with critical applications to require -and demand- assurances for the integrity and security of their data as well as the uninterrupted operation of applications.

Hesitation and fears still exist. But how much are they justified? Are CIOs and CTOs sufficiently informed and willing to try a genuine transition to the cloud?

The cloud providers proclaim that existing technology is well beyond any in-house solution, while the economies of scale achieved keep the costs low.

The days when the cloud was a tool suited only for small businesses willing to take some risks, have passed for good. Cloud computing is not “cloudy” anymore – it is now stronger than ever, fully capable to support even giants…

During this meeting, which is an integral part of 15th Infocom Word, all concerns, solutions and suggestions will be discussed in a lively and open dialogue between members of the IT community, who will be called to submit their views in this innovative brainstorming.