Cloud Confused, Cloud Confusing. What's in a Cloud?
I've seen allot of networks over the years. I have also seen server farms that would make you scratch your head and ask why so many.
But when someone shows me a stock photo of a room with all servers and tells me that's their cloud network I follow up with "Cool, can I visit the Cloud?" So far it's been "No". So where is this cloud? That was the question I asked last year and instead of waiting for the answer I started looking myself.
My Cloud starts in LA California, heads over to Singapore then over to Chicago and back to Singapore and then to LA.
Seriously, that data had to travel a few miles just so I could test uploading a simple "Test dot TXT file".
But it traveled just like they said it would. I'm in the Cloud now!
So what is so cool about the cloud? It's applications, everything you can run from the cloud you can run from your local computer.. Wait, that's not correct. Cloud apps are leased apps which I do not own and cannot download to my desktop. So if I create things in the cloud I have to keep in mind how I am creating them or I'll never be able to leave.
California, what's that song? "... but you can never leave."
I might be looking at this all wrong. I do like the movie editor, word document app and the online Excel features of the little cloud I have used but if I needed to do something that I couldn't access the cloud what would happen?
Now, for some I can see the Cloud services really helping. In fact, I have a cloud. No, I have a server that runs like a Cloud. No, wait, what's a cloud again? Can't I just install a few apps on my own server and run them from the internet?
If you made it this far I hope you are smiling because this is where I'll do my best to explain what Cloud Services can offer you (if anything) and what industry I feel will benefit (if any). It's an old system come back to life but then again, Windows 8 seems to be very similar to something that came out years ago. Or at least a type of technology. I'll get into how Windows 8 and Server 8 with Cloud Services can actually be what your sales force needs.