Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 1st Oct 2008 21:30 UTC
Windows Even though I'm still not quite sure what "the cloud" actually is (it's the internet, right?), Microsoft has just announced that it will be releasing 'Windows Cloud' at its Professional Developers Conference later this month. Windows Cloud (a temporary codename) will apparently be based on Windows Server, but with new features and characteristics. Steve Ballmer made the announcement at a Microsoft-sponsored conference for IT managers in London.
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Yeah, "The Cloud" is stupid
by AndrewDubya on Thu 2nd Oct 2008 03:26 UTC
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I've been a huge fan of using my DSL connection from anywhere, or a dedicated server, etc. I don't really care if people want to call it cloud computing, since there's probably not an easy way to explain it to most people though.

I assume they mean cloud as a platform, like LiveMesh is supposed to be? Maybe they mean an OS you can run that has some benefits in terms of distribution for a data center?

I think RMS has an OK point, but mostly he's just insane. I think it's fair for business (and us regular consumers) to ask for a way to get our data out of the cloud if we want. Also, it would be trivial to encrypt data that's going in to some generic storage on the web if you don't want it readable. The cloud and the client can take on whatever form is necessary. Maybe a good article would be someone investigating the top "cloud" companies, and how open your data is... ;)

As far as companies doing more in the cloud, I think it's a great idea. I've seen the shoddy quality of data centers, even for huge hosting companies. It's a matter of price to reliability. For most small or medium sized businesses, using someone else's infrastructure (I have to say Amazon's EC is very cool to me) can probably save some money, and likely be more reliable.

I know Amazon has had problems, but I'm pretty sure they're much more reliable than running your own data center. It's very expensive to provide redundancy (that works), in terms of staffing, setup, networking and physical machines.

For me, I'm glad to have the Internet, err Cloud, to access my "stuff" from anywhere. I'm also smart enough to know that sometimes the browser isn't enough, and for important information, I want to have it backed up locally in case the cloud does evaporate.

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