Everybody is talking about “the cloud” and how great it is. I was even forced to convert my .me account over to the cloud (Click here to view Cloud Computing Explained). But can someone please tell me what type of cloud “the cloud” is and why we’re using it to represent this new form of server-less hosting?
No, this isn’t a joke. I’m not being facetious. Frankly, it doesn’t seem like anything has changed. I mean, it’s not like the term has suddenly given me the ability to do online banking, send email, have virtual servers, use an intranet, or teleport myself around the world in an instant. Come on, these have all been around for over a decade now.
But since cloud computing is here and it doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere, I guess I’m going to have to talk about it in client meetings. So can someone please tell me what kind of cloud it is? I’d just like to be more informed. I may be over thinking this, which is just my way, but visual metaphors are easy targets.
This is how I see it -
The visual that people tend to connect to “the cloud” is a cumulus cloud or “Simpson’s cloud” (as I like to call it). And believe me this is NOT the cloud you want your information floating around in. These clouds are bad news — they produce rain, snow, thunder, and lightning. All things that you want to stay as far away from your electronics and information as possible. Did I forget to mention that they also cause tornados!
The other two clouds are stratus and cirrus clouds. These are a bit lame with regard to their fear factor but would also make bad choices for replacement visuals. Stratus clouds are the ones that blanket the sky, making the days foggy and gloomy. Not the visual I want to connect to my data.
The other type is a cirrus cloud. These are the wispy, wind swept ones that wander the skies without a care or structure. Again, not really what I want to envision when I think of all my important information floating around up there.
Here is what I propose. We start a movement to come up with some new names, taglines, and visuals to replace “the cloud.” A few of my thought starters would be:
The Core. Where information is central.
The Wind. Where information drives progress.
Gravitational Pull. Information comes down to this.
So who’s with me? I can almost feel the excitement. What are your suggestions?
FYI, I’ll stop this movement if “the cloud” can teleport me. Really, I will.
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