This will have an impact so huge that it is hard to underestimate. Some of the obvious changes that will happen are most likely the following:
- Infrastructure (operations) will become agile - at the expense of IT jobs in operations. Applications will be deployed with unprecedented ease and speed. This is because the cloud infrastructure will transparently allocate the resources that now are allocated by human administrators.
- SOA will become mainstream. This is because even the most common infrastructure services will be virtualized, running in the same or a different VM from the application, and scaling up and down as needed.
The interesting part - at least to us - is that transactions will become more distributed than ever. We are ready for this change - are you?