Sunday, February 17, 2013

Plain White T’s song running through my mind …

So many cloudy discussions out there, and it seems we each mean something different when we say clouds. On the other hand, I have to say I always smile a tad when I read of clouds and think of the popular song by Plain White T’s.

It goes like this:

My head is stuck in the clouds
She begs me to come down
Says ‘Boy quit foolin' around’
I told her ‘I love the view from up here
The warm sun and wind in my ear
We'll watch the world from above
As it turns to the rhythm of love’”

The Wikipedia provides a comprehensive definition, and tells you that the term “clouds” is used liberally, to mean so many things – here is what it says:

Outside of the information technology and software industry, the term ‘cloud’ can be found to reference a wide range of services, some of which fall under the category of cloud computing, while others do not. The cloud is often used to refer to a product or service that is discovered, accessed and paid for over the Internet, but is not necessarily a computing resource. Examples of service that are sometimes referred to as "the cloud" include, but are not limited to, crowd sourcing, cloud printing, crowd funding, cloud manufacturing.”

Common routines frequently accessed by multiple applications ,for instance, could be candidates to become services and as such, IT might just elect to run from out of a cloud saving each customer from having to pay for their own resources. Complete transactions may find themselves too residing in the cloud. What makes the prospect of using cloud resources tantalizing is that they may just save us all a lot of money.

If you want to get the good sense of what is it maRunga will deliver take a look
First phase: deliver a product, fully instrumented, supported, etc. that delivers on the PCS demo promise....

In a recent email Thomas Burg of comForte joked: “Here’s my definition of cloud: “a wonderful marketing buzzword which can mean a lot of things and which you better throw up in the air a lot these days to stay relevant”

I agree. Everyone throws around terms like clouds and big data and reserves the right to interpret these terms as they please. That is OK, as both are relatively new and developing right in front of us.

To me what is important is the role NonStop will play: it is uniquely positioned to front end resources that themselves may not be as stable as you would wish – we all experienced Netflix fiasco over the Holidays! NonStop front ending clouds environment will be able to switch you from the environment that failed to the one that is chumming away! To your user that will mean no interruption of services, and that’s all that counts!

“We'll watch the world from above” is a position I have always endorsed when it comes to development projects of any kind. With understanding comes products and with products and the interactions with real users comes knowledge and, in time, expertise. Of course this only eventuates when you are on top of it all ... 


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