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I read a lot of junk on the internet…some people would argue that I don’t just read it, I’m also responsible for writing a fair bit of it. Occasionally though I’ll read an innocuous-enough looking article that turns out to be a gem. Here’s one…from "The Cloud: Battle of the Tech Titans" I pulled the following definitions:
People who work in the cloud…not fluffy IT professionals.
the amorphous, out-of-sight, out-of-mind mess of computer tasks that happen on someone else's equipment.
"the Internet" ;-)
the ethereal place somewhere on the network where work gets done."
The Private Cloud
The heavyweights are encouraging customers to buy virtualization software, which makes it possible to run more business applications on each individual server. This means customers get more bang for their buck when buying hardware. To keep these new systems running smoothly as a unified whole, customers may also purchase new management software. Add these parts together, and you end up with a nimbler, more efficient version of traditional IT infrastructure known as the private cloud.
The private cloud is everything the incumbents love. They view it as a pragmatic transition toward a smooth-running computing infrastructure. Most customers will stick with the sellers they trust, paying for some consulting service to help them put the new technology to use.
If you have time read the rest of the article, it puts things into a great general perspective.
BTW- Did you know that each day, Amazon Web Services (AWS) adds enough computing muscle to power one whole Amazon.com circa 2000, when it was a $2.8 billion business? You do now!