What \*is\* the Cloud?

It's been a while & I've been very busy indeed. I hope to share a good bit of the concepts I have learned & the ideas that I have about governance in an extended computing context. Today is still not that day but I did get some great silliness from my buddy that I must share:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8g9penyLM5Q

What is the cloud? Magic carpet with laptop in hand? Not really, although we did think technology would have advanced to the point where we \*could\* fly at this point. (Thank you Carrie's hubby: http://www.kqed.org/epArchive/R909080737)

Is it merely a buzzword for stuff we've already done for years? Ahem, some who may be richer than a few of the Pharohs may say it's so but that rant itself may turn out to be buzz too... It's a strange new world so I'll just not go there today.

This thing is that a resource that \*may\* be capable of
- recapturing the 80%+ of wasted computing cycles,
- may actualy trigger a meaningful federated ID strategy with meaningful RBAC,
- may force a discussion regarding ownership, retention and juristdiction,
- and may just allow faster information rich businesses to escallate using technology rather than being limited by capital start up costs for servers & networking gear

certainly catches the imagination doesn't it?

Maybe it's not a new new innovation, but rather the culmination of the Network is the Computer. From where I sit as a governance geek, not entirely unheard of is good. Capable of well planned architecture to provide audit, accountability and authenticity is nice. Understood governance and security and privacy governance models applied in a slightly more innovative business environment is good too.

Maybe the Cloud is just a good idea we've all had for a long time that has had time to become real.

I still wish we could fly.

Just a thought...

Comments:

Hmm..... I thought you did not like flying :) :)
Unless you are flying through clouds perhaps?

Posted by Jonathan G on October 26, 2009 at 07:58 AM PDT #

Hello again Michelle,

I remember the Mini-tel when I lived in France in the 1980s.You picked up a terminal at the phone company and plugged it into the phone line. All you needed was a phone contract (account). With Mini-tel you could do every thing from ordering stuff to getting directions, to making plane, train, and even restaurant reservations. Everything lived in their "servers" and the terminals just logged in via a phone number. It was a nationwide system 'cause the phone company owned all the underground water lines in France and ran their own fibre within. Clever! I often thought that with the advent of real computer servers that something like that would make sense for all computing work. Just pay for the time you are online and take advantage of the large scale server infrastructure for crunching power. Oh well.......

Posted by John Taylor on December 10, 2009 at 02:40 AM PST #

I don't like to fly in planes. If I had my own wings maybe that would be different.

John, it's coming....!

Posted by me on December 10, 2009 at 03:58 AM PST #

....and by 1985 personal checks were almost non-existent. The mini-tel was really the first commercial internet, and bank transfers were de rigeur. I predict we will never (in your and my lifetimes) have such a system as Mini-tel or anything like it because of our free for all (read free market system). Too many self interests, too many lawyers to represent those self interests, and without a central system too many cooks to come to a consensus on almost anything. I wish it were about technology.
My .02.

Posted by John Taylor on December 12, 2009 at 06:54 AM PST #

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