It’s been about a half year since ex-Sun and ex-Salesforce.com guru Lew Tucker joined Cisco as the company’s chief technology officer for cloud computing. He couldn’t have joined at a better time. As Cisco continues to innovate and deliver offerings ranging from Flip cameras and business tablets to core routers and switches, the relationship between these technologies and the cloud continues to broaden. After all, the Internet is really a bunch of networks, and the cloud is based on the Internet and networking, so the more touch points people have to a network and the Internet as a whole, the bigger the picture for cloud. It’s no wonder that the role Lew and Cisco play in ushering in the cloud era is only going to grow the bigger the Internet becomes.
So just how big will the cloud become? According to Lew, much bigger than it is today. “We’re just in the beginning stages,” he told me the other day.
A statement like that requires more explanation. It requires more perspective. And it requires more conversation. Take a step back and you realize that we’re all at a point in time when something big is going to happen, and you feel it, but you just don’t know how exactly everything is going to play out. You just know that it will.