Gartner’s Hype cycle for CLOUD COMPUTING: 2008 – 2009 – 2010 – 2011


In second half of 2008, I had taken a class on Distributed systems. As a part of that class, We were asked to write a paper on the subject of our choice. I had chosen  the subject that focused on answering: How is cloud different from traditional approaches? My aim was to figure out why was CLOUD getting all the “attention”. And i chose this topic because, at that time [2008], I used to follow few blogs (including Gartner) at that time and almost all of them seemed to be “heavily promoting” cloud. So I asked myself “why is world going crazy about cloud?” “What makes cloud different from traditional approaches?” And I decided to find answers to this question and convert it into a term paper for the class. And during the term paper assignment, I got a traditional Hosting account and deployed one of my project there. And compared it with what literature on cloud computing had to say at that time. This approach was super helpful because I had a benchmark on what traditional hosting felt like and then what cloud computing enthusiast had to say about why is cloud better than traditional approaches.And after getting my head around that concept, it’s been fun following how “cloud” has evolved over time. One of the best ways to recap it is to analyze Garnter Hype cycle. To this end, Here’s a recap of where Gartner Places Cloud Computing (and its different flavors) on hype cycle from 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. Here’s a recap:


Gartner Hype Cycle for CLOUD COMPUTING 2008


Gartner Hype Cycle for CLOUD COMPUTING 2009

2010: (Note the presence of different flavors of cloud on the hype cycle)

Gartner Hype Cycle for CLOUD COMPUTING 2010


Gartner Hype Cycle for CLOUD COMPUTING 2011

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Has “Cloud Computing” replaced “Distributed computing”?


Have you heard about “Cloud Computing”? – of course you have, haven’t you? Have you heard about “Distributed Computing” – It’s great if you have. If you haven’t, no worries because that’s not your doing. you know why? because using this word is not in fashion anymore. yeah! [ I know I am talking fashion – how about that! ] Let’s put in differently, using the word “Distributed computing” is passé. want stats? Here they are:



More info about the stats:

Google is crazy! And I like crazy. What they are doing is digitizing zillions of book out there. And this tiny little Google lab thingy called NGram Viewer graphs (outputs) the occurrence of the “inputted word” in millions of books with respect to time. Sweet! so I have used this tool to draw a conclusion – which is my very own crazy speculation. Actually, I came to know about this tool and I ran some crazy experiments by inputting ****, **, **, ***, *****, ********, ********, * **** ** **** ***,etc. Then I don’t know what got me inputting “distributed computing”, “cloud computing”, etc etc – And the result is in front of you.

Anyways. The result shows only up to year “2008”. And if you note, I have inputted 2011 as year-end in my query but it just does not work. But you do get the point don’t you?!

Now how about “cloud computing” – BOOM! BOOM! BOOM! uncanny rise:


So a logical speculation is that “cloud computing” is replacing the use of “distributed computing”. Isn’t it?!

Any-who. whatever it is – it is pretty interesting. Let’s have some fun:

How about: Cloud computing vs Distributed computing vs Microsoft vs Google vs Facebook:


Facebook and cloud computing are recent trends. And as the graph shows they did not appear as many times as we might have guessed. But remember that it’s just until 2008. I wish we had data up to 2011!

That’s about it. Have fun with this tool!

About Google NGram Viewer:

How did I came to know about it?

Did I tell my friends about it? of course, I did:


And what about facebook? I would have done that if facebook had hastags (Alas it does not have it). And why did i shared it *ONLY* twitter because *ONLY* “hashtags” care for what I have to say. I know, it’s sad. But of course, you do – I can say because you read my entire post! if you liked it connect with me on twitter: Paras_Doshi!