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April 16, 2008

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Chris Vaughan

So I'm having a tough time grasping the distinctions of Cloud Computing and why there is so much hype around it. What you just described above reminds me of something Larry Ellison was pitching in the mid 90's except he called it, "The Network Computer". http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Network_computer Essentially a thin client running off of a hosted system whether it be in their organization in one in a data centre somewhere on the web. All your applications sat in the data centre and used that data centre's compute power. The concept of Cloud Computing is the same as what Larry was pitching years ago except it has become easier to do.

Why has it become easier to do? Is it the expertise level has dropped and the tools and bandwidth are better now. What really is the difference between the database that's in our local data centre as opposed to the one hosted miles away? A longer cable perhaps?

What I have found to be the best definition is something that dynamically re-provisions based upon workload and can handle service peaks and troughs. Else wise Cloud Computing is hosted applications, something that's been around for a while.

Possibly you could provide a better explanation than the one I just gave.

Wikipedia butchers CC http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cloud_computing

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