When most think about the cloud, two things come to mind: iCloud from Apple, and the white fluffy things that live in the sky. Once they realize we’re talking from a technical stand point they then rave about how amazing the storage capability is, and how great it is to share documents online. Which is great, it’s nice to hear that people have started accepting the cloud and enjoy using it.
My issue is that the cloud is so much more:
Basically the cloud is a way of delivering applications and IT resources. It’s made up of a network of connections that provide access to services, and a way for providers to deliver services to users. Pretty simple right? More than just plain old storage, right?
DropBox and Apple’s iCloud are great examples of cloud storage, but I worry that it leads people to believe this is the only product cloud computing offers. The reason organizations are excited to be able to work in the cloud is that they now have the ability to run all necessary applications and take their IT infrastructure to a virtual level.
Yes, you are “storing” those applications in the cloud, but you’re also using the computing power to run them and process all of the data. It’s important to see the cloud as it’s own infrastructure, one that adapts to your needs when you migrate to the cloud.
What does the cloud mean to you? Let us know in the comment box below