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One of the most prophetic lyrics in all of folk/rock music may be Joni Mitchell’s “I really don’t know clouds at all.”
More than 40 years after penning such wonderful words, the illusion of “the cloud” has burst onto the technology scene and dominates headlines and industry discussions.
Part of the illusion – or perhaps more appropriately, confusion – is the marketing hype. In article after article, the cloud is described as “transforming,” “disruptive,” “game-changing,” “a seismic paradigm shift” and “revolutionary.” Predictions of adoption and growth rates are reminiscent of the early dot-com era. In the cloud’s new world order, corporate IT departments shrink or even disappear. Technology is easily deployed, configurable, frictionless, always current and on-demand. Furthermore, the end user doesn’t need to worry about cost or security.
Most technologists would subscribe to the NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) definition of Cloud Computing. But contributing to the cloud’s illusion/confusion is the fact that “cloud” no longer refers to a pure technology definition. It’s basically become an easy way of describing anything happening off-premises – whether it is application-based or remote computing capabilities. “In the cloud” is now a broadly-used term. …to read more download our white paper by filling out the form below.