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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Cloud computing has it's merits, but it can also be a trap, if you're not careful. Delivering your data to someone outside of your physical scope means that, sooner or later, you will have problems with your data (as always), but you will be unable to step up and deal with it yourself. You'll be at the mercy of some other company and that is ALWAYS a bad thing, because you're just another customer, your data isn't as valuable to them as it is valuable to you.

None the less, cloud computing is excellent for volatile things. For example, a marketing company can rent computing and bandwidth resources on a cloud computing vendor to deal with a summer campaign for two weeks, instead of spending money on new servers. It's a good thing when you have a scalable IT architecture.

Also, cloud computing is just a fancy-just-invented-now-so-it-must-be-good name for grid computing. I yawn when I head "cloud computing".

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