I’ve been thinking about Cloud Computing over the past few weeks. And the business of Chunk Cloud Computing makes me feel more comfortable than the various “definitions” for cloud computing that is out there.
It amazes me that we, as an industry, find it so hard to converge on common ideas. So, I’ve tried to formulate my own understanding of cloud computing.
I think it is …
- a very scalable hardware platform that you share but don’t own
- an infrastructure service that you use but never maintain
- a computation environment that scales when you scale
- data storage that is distributed but consistent
- about writing applications that wire up highly cohesive, loosely coupled chunks
- about freedom to choose and change but with greater responsibility and consequences
The last point was enlightening for me. For sure, some vendor will pitch the “Lower your future running costs” line. But I think Future Running Costs = Zero. You never plan for the future but only for what you need right now.
Wow! that is so Zenful. Cloud Computing is about living in the moment, all the time.
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I think it is the sign of the bureaucratic times. It is a lot easier for a development team to set up a new server in the cloud than it is to get their IT-department to set one up for them, outsourced or not!