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To close the year out we asked our Twitter followers to weigh in on what they thought was next for the cloud in 2012.

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The majority of respondents believed that security controls will be moved closer to critical resources being protected (ie. data center cluster-based or hypervisor-based security). Some felt the trend of open PaaS will continue to expand in the enterprise. 

How do you think cloud computing will evolve this year? In a recent Fortune article, Mathew Lodge predicted the hybrid cloud will continue to grow and that Platform-as-a-Service will win the hearts of developers. Do you agree or disagree? We want to hear your thoughts during our first #cloudtalk of 2012 on January 31st at 11am PT.

We’re also excited to have our very own VMware Knowledge Experts Chris Colotti and Massimo Re Ferre’ co-hosting this #cloudtalk. As our resident vCloud experts, Chris and Massimo are keen to share their own cloud predictions and stories based on their experiences from the field, deploying vCloud with customers. Be sure to follow them on Twitter prior to the chat.

It’s been a while since our last chat (2011 was a busy year for the vCloud team!) so as just a reminder, here’s how to participate:

  • Follow the #cloudtalk hashtag (via TweetChat, TweetGrid, TweetDeck or another Twitter client) and watch the real-time stream.
  • At 11am PT @vCloud will pose a few questions using the #cloudtalk hashtag to get the conversation rolling.
  • Tag your tweets with the #cloudtalk hashtag. @reply other participants and react to their questions, comments, thoughts via #cloudtalk. Engage!
  • #cloudtalk should last about an hour. 

In the meantime, feel free to tweet at us (@vCloud) with any questions. Look forward to seeing you next Tuesday in the stream!