That game changing technology disruption will be the federation of disparate clouds, and the distribution of software, data and billing across commercial and private cloud boundaries. In other words, the introduction of secure, reliable workload mobility in an extension of the Internet itself—an “Intercloud”, so to speak.

What this means," said Sam in his talk, "is that, for the first time in history, the digital and physical infrastructures of the world are converging. Computational power is being put into things we wouldn’t recognize as computers. Indeed, almost anything - any person, any object, any process or any service, for any organization, large or small - can become digitally aware and networked.