Linked by David Adams on Tue 7th Sep 2010 21:53 UTC
Internet & Networking I attended VM World last week, and as you might imagine, it was "cloud computing" this and "cloud computing" that the whole time. The hype factor for the cloud is in overdrive right now. But is it warranted? A lot of people, even tech-oriented ones, outside of the data center sysadmin types, wonder what all the hype is about. I've come to believe that cloud computing is major computing revolution, but for most computing users, it's an invisible one.
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Comment by mtzmtulivu
by mtzmtulivu on Tue 7th Sep 2010 22:28 UTC
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for argument sake, lets call the opposite of "cloud computing" "ground computing". "Ground computing" then means running an OS installed on the ground machine and let it process data stored on a same machine and then store the processed data back to the same machine, everything is basically done locally.

"Cloud computing" to the most part means the OS itself or the data to be processed or processed data or the crunching of data occurs somewhere else on the internet, on someone else's hardware.

Cloud computing is a bit problematic to free software advocates. You cant really say you are a king of your own data if it sits on somebody else's hard drive somewhere on the net. How is that different from having the same data locally but in an proprietary format?

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RE: Comment by mtzmtulivu
by l3v1 on Wed 8th Sep 2010 10:14 in reply to "Comment by mtzmtulivu"
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How is that different from having the same data locally but in an proprietary format?

Data format and data location are different enough. The issue is trust and accesibility. Trust [towards the provider] that it stores your data losslessly (no data loss), and securely (nobody else can access your data). Trust that it doesn't go bankrupt and disappear. Trust that it provides constant accesibility, i.e. no service stops because of maintenance or power outage, no service outages whatsoever. Trust in your ISP that you have constant internet access, no interruptions whatsoever. Trust in every other ISP wheverer you may travel, that it also provides constant high rate connections towards your data provider.

That's a lot of trust.

There's a long, long way to go till companies can provide that level of trust.

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