Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 10th Nov 2011 20:45 UTC, submitted by Straylight
Oracle and SUN I just emerged, blinking, from the world of Skyrim, only to realise Sun Oracle has released the 11th version of Solaris (well, technically it's the 7th, but okay, we'll roll with it). I'll be honest and upfront about it: Solaris is totally out of my league, and as such, it's very hard for me to properly summarise what this release is all about, so I won't even try.
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RE[5]: Cloud
by Laurence on Fri 11th Nov 2011 14:30 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Cloud"
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Wordpress is a CMS. Gmail and Hotmail are free email accounts.

Dropbox is definitely Cloud.

The cloud is not the same as web hosting or a separate server. You app/data sits somewhere and it just works ...

Actually I think webmail is the perfect example of "cloud computing".

They hold your e-mails and attachments. They hold your contacts, calendar schedule and many are even used as a passport to other services (eg: G+, Android app store, and real time communication tools like MSN and Google Talk). Plus all of this data is held centrally, processed centrally and databased to around individual accounts, again on a centralised set of servers. All of this data is then available on countless devices from fat PCs to thin clients which just displays a user interface to the services provided for individuals by the centralised servers.

It's pretty much the definition of cloud computing in my opinion.

However, the very fact that two professionals in computing can have such vastly different opinions on what cloud computing is just re-enforces why I hate the term so much. I think it's an utterly retarded word invented by marketing managers to promote the same old shit that engineers and programmers have been developing every year and pretty much since the days of TSS.

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