Living in the Cloud-no really!
The words “cloud computing” have been more over used than the “I’ll do it in morning” excuse that we all told our parents (or still tell our better halves) but unfortunately as with most things that become a “fashionable” word; they sound fantastic but the meaning is nothing short of a vague idea that stems from hotmail to facebook to twitter (do you tweet?!) to salesforce.com. In this first, “Living in the Cloud” piece I am hoping to take you through the first steps of the journey that we will make to discover what is the future of the “cloud” and how exactly this will impact you.
So let’s get a little technical – what does it really mean?
Quite literally the “cloud” is a nickname of sorts for the Internet (a large inter-connected network of computing devices that have a pretty standard way to be able to communicate with each other) – the reason I believe it was called the “cloud” is quite simply because no-one really needs to know what is happening in it but we just know something is happening.
“Cloud computing” is therefore the idea of using the internet to do our work; or more specifically using the power of the servers/computers connected by the internet (the “cloud”) to do our work. In a more technical description; cloud computing is about decoupling the very notion of having a computer with memory, processing and storage all in that not-so-pretty white box sitting at your home; the notion that computing can be made like electricity (which not too long ago moved from being a generator in the home to a standard supply over a standard cable (sounds a little like the internet no?)). Thus the notion, more succinctly, really means using the applications, processing, memory and storage of “far-away” machines that can be rented on demand and as required.