From now on, I’m going to use the word “cloud” on its own, with no modifiers, to talk about this whole movement/technology/trend/model/thingie. I’m not going to call it “cloud computing” because — as friends of mine in Dell’s PowerVault and AppAssure businesses like to remind me — this downplays the very important data side of information technology.
And I’m going to avoid saying “the cloud,” because that sounds like it’s referring to public cloud services … and it probably shouldn’t be. More on that to come.
So third, I might as well provide my current speculative definition of cloud up front, so that I can link back to it endlessly later on.
Cloud is a system where users acquire and manage technology resources on their own while the owners of those resources still maintain control of them.
Is this a decent start? Hopefully this shows why I’ve always maintained that cloud and virtualization are actually entirely different animals.
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