A healthy subset of the global geeks are settling into Berlin later this month for a stream of web-technology-focused events.Â As "obvious" as is the inevitability of cloud computing may be to most of us there are still a huge number of technical and user obstacles to overcome before it can really be called mainstream.
Setting raw bandwidth speed and coverage aside for the moment there will be plenty of discussion of the software and service-based issues facing cloud computing adoption at the Web 2.0 event in Berlin.Â Â In particular we’d highlight the following:
1. Cross platform: There’s been some splintering of client-side technologies like IE, FF, Safari, iTunes/iPhone and now Chrome to name a few.Â How will they get harmonized?Â What about Adobe Flash, Flex and AIR?
2. Scaling: Amazon and Google have started efforts to try and lead the way here but the ability to create, run and scale cloud applications is particularly difficult given the sheer size of the user population.Â The cloud may be "elastic" but how long does it take to stretch and contract?Â These companies will be in Berlin to talk about this and how smaller firms like RightScale and Elastra may help.
3. Development Vision: What are the right sets of server-side technologies to build on for the long-term?Â Location-based services are increasingly being integrated into applications as the virtual and real world applications meld together.Â How is that going to come together over time?Â
There’s no doubt that there will be much more to cover in the three days we’ll be in Berlin and for those interested in an even deeper dive their are events like BarCamp that precede the Web 2.0 event and some special after-events aimed at further socializing and human collaboration.
As a reminder feel free to use our Research 2.0 discount code "webeu08gr63" for a substantial discount on registration.Â