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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I for one love virtualization. I actually wrote a big thank you blog at work praising our sys admin guys. After reading this article, I think a lot of it is due to virtualization. We are fully virtualized. Every test server... everything. I want something up... boom it's there in 1/2 hour.

I've always wanted to just have my work desktop hosted as well and I just vnc/remote desktop in. They give us powerful laptops to work with... but I just use it as a thin client to my desktop.

That all said, what I still don't see... and what I don't want is... web apps. They are good for certain things. Yet, I sometimes have to fight to say... 'not everything should be a webapp'. The biggest problem is that you have to then host the application on some webserver. That's great if you as a company are willing to devote the time, money, and resources to support that. Yet, a lot of the time, you just don't have that and a local program is much more usable.

You do end up with more complex problems with webapps... especially scaling it all out.

You have to be really careful with apps that really are not collaborative or web dependent, but you think its going to be easy to deploy... so you make it a webapp. 9 times out of 10 you'll end up making things more complicated.

Granted, most of our customers are still 'techy' so that might be a different perspective... they have no problems running an exe or something.

Even for smartphones, the local client tends to win. The 'web' was supposed to be do anything anywhere, but it's really poor as a programming and integration environment.

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