Monday February 17, 2020

Cloud: Brighter clouds on the horizon

Cloud is a new consumption model in which existing ICT resources are being replaced with a new, flexible and online form of consuming, writes Leslie Faughnan.

2nd June, 2012
Jim DeHaven, data centre and virtualisation director, Cisco UK and Ireland.

Sheer inertia and habit mean that cloud computing is a firmly established industry term, with broad agreement on what it means. There is now almost equally universal acknowledgement that it is a poor metaphor, leading to semantic contortions like 'pillars of the cloud' or 'cloud architecture'.

It came into fairly general use originally because then, probably as now, 'internet computing' or even 'web computing' did not inspire trust. Millions of consumers now use what can...

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