I posted the other day on the multiplicity of Cloud definitions
, and whether I thought the term itself is useful, or all hype. Up in the North East, Adrian Pearson
picked up on it and related to a story of being sold some telecoms technology with a cloud diagram
and so concluded:
"David’s article reminded me that there is real practical benefit in being able to use a term like “Cloud”; to allow everyone in the discussion to make a mental note to accept that bit of the explanation as a “no need to go there” and concentrate on the more important stuff."
Dennis seemed to like the post too
, and admired my honesty over admitting falling in to the jargon trap. He followed that up this week with "Struggling with understanding the cloud?
" picking up on some great satire and sarcasm on the definition thing. Well, that reminded me of Larry Ellison's rant on the topic from last September
. He was at the Churchill Club, a kind of Silicon Valley insiders thing, talking to Ed Zander
, when he went off the deep end, around exactly the same issues, saying:
"Cloud Computing is not only the future of computing, it is the present and the entire past of computing, is all cloud."
"All it is is a computer connected to a network."
Watch the rant yourself, it's both illuminating and amusing:
It's all the more ironic that Larry personally owns over 60% of NetSuite, and was one of the early investors in Salesforce, where he still owns a big stake. Both companies use Oracle technology, and of course, Cloud is a big deal for Oracle's business in general - Larry's got a lot riding on the Cloud. At the end of the day, I still believe you have to move beyond the definiions, the arguments and the hype, and recognize the term makes practical sense. We'll be making use of the catch all term for a new initiative we will be announcing shortly, but like Adrian says, it will help us accept the technical stuff and move on to what's important.