Clouding

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I just came from a meeting , board meeting that is, where we were being informed about clouding. Apparently it is the latest revolution in Internet Service Providing Services.

From my understanding it is one of those things that is revolutionising IT and the way we look at storage devices. Ok by now I'm guessing you can tell I'm a novice at this but I'm determined.

 

According to Wikipedia (which is my very reliable source of information , next to Google and the Oxford Dictionary) clouding is "Cloud computing is the delivery of computing and storage capacity [1] as a service [2] to a heterogeneous community of end-recipients. The name comes from the use of a cloud-shaped symbol[3] as an abstraction for the complex infrastructure it contains in system diagrams[4]. Cloud computing entrusts services with a user's data, software and computation over a network. " Right, who got that?

 

From what I understand, cloud computing has a lot to do with virtualization, stretching the network a little bit. Still confused? Look at it as a handbag of srts where you put all your stuff in and you're able to carry it  around with the greatest convernience. So now instead of having everything all over the place, your data has one space to stay in. Get it? 

Yeah man, it's like in the old days we had floppy disks, then we moved to CD's, DVD's and the  we had flash drives which revolutionized how we store things. Convenient!

Now we have cloud computing.

 

Apparently it's good business sense if you're a big company as Capital ´╗┐expenditure is decreased when you're on it.. I don't know. I actually like my old and trusted Google and Wikipedia and flash drive. I"m not a geek so...

 

Think you can make it any simpler for me?

 

 

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guardian angel
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guardian angel Wednesday, 04 July 2012

Simple Terms

Hi futuresoul....my understanding of this (which is also very limited) is that everything that needs to go from one point to another, resides in a "cloud"facility until it moves on. For example Dropbox. I load something on there for a client (create a file for them and give them access). I load the information and when they are notified that there is something in the file, they retrieve what they need. the dropbox becomes the "cloud" function or a holding function for data that can be used or disseminated to other clouds or users....

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futuresoul Thursday, 05 July 2012

angel

tx a mil Guardian angel, methinks i'm getting 'warmer' :)

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OS GIKEN Thursday, 05 July 2012

Good on you, but not yet!

Hi future soul, you remind me of myself 3 years ago when I started working for a big company in "IT". I did a position paper(Enterprise Architecture stuff) on Cloud Computing for my company in which I had to tell everyone who earned all the big money what cloud computing is, the options, the local availability and support etc, then link it to our systems and when I think it will be ready for mass adoption in our company.

I advised against it but advised for it in our Germany and US branches.

its new, so you don't want to be the `guini pig and, as you can tell my my most recent IT post on here, don't believe the hype that service providers feed you. Do you reserach SPACIFICALLY TO SOUTH AFRICAN MARKET and your type of business...

Only then do you make an informed decision. What most people have done is do an Agile project on Cloud Computing, meaning, they test the waters with a small solution delivery at a time, always giving the option to opt out if it does not work.

But ya, your idea is correct, its like webhosting on big scale, you are making use of this cloud tech everyday using Photobucket, Gmail, FB and twitter to store your data/files etc.

the biggest hampering factor in SA I found to be reliable, scalable badnwidth!

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Muscadecipio Thursday, 05 July 2012

Been there done that

Over the last 25 year si have seen many -"this is the future of computing". Some things do work and some things vanish and some things hang about for years and then take off (does anybody remember that it tool Facebook almost 4 years before it became marginally popular?).

Must agree with OS though, bandwidth issues in South Africa will stunt this one. I also advise companies against jumping into the cloud cuckoo land. A small local server works fine for small local companies and over time costs less. I also have this inbuilt suspicion of anyone who tells me "We will store all your valuable data offsite and we promise, no really promise, we will secure it".

In theory, the cloud works for us if we imagine computers and smarthones as terminals and the cloud as a place we run apps from. Back to the bandwidth issue that OS brought up. I got a data contract with my new Motorola Razr but despite this I am finding it more reliable to use my slow wifi at home than the data connection in my town. It's making me really pissed.

I also have this nagging suspicion that cloud computing is a clever way to get us to continue paying for programs whether we want to or not. Consider that a lot of people in Africa buy (ok, some steal) software and then don't update it (becasue of aforementioned bandwidth issues). That is a once off payment and you got the program (even if its old and buggy). In the cloud you could be forced to pay for each new update and if you don't, no computing. Remember the guys providing the service stay in complete control of the experience and just make a solumn promise not to abuse you. Hmmm .... sounds like Google.

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futuresoul Thursday, 05 July 2012

OS GIKEN

Hi there, thanks for the response.

Here's the thing for me though : I get that all these major companies are testing the waters etc and it is fairly new (clouding) , how does it help to improve the third world internet connection we have in Africa? Ok, perhaps I'm digressing or being 'deep' but I wanna know when 'they' will develop softwares that will not confuse us (such as the cloud-thinga-majig) and actually implement skills development not only in IT but just improve the level of internet access to each and every household. I don't believe it is unachievable but most believe I will die before my dream is realised. I think not (to infinity and beyond!!!) .

Haha. but really though it's good we're always developing but where are we going? When are we going to get there? Most importantly , will we ever get there? If so, how?!

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OS GIKEN Thursday, 05 July 2012

in response tou your Q

I honestly believ the entire continent will NEVER be fully connected with people not even having basic needs met, let alone a need to surf the net!

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