I have been on my share of webcasts and seen over 100 presentations about clouds.
You know what they all start with – a definition of what cloud is.
Is it that confusing? Is it that unclear?
Why is it so confusing and so unclear?
By rehashing and refining a definition, do we hope to somehow impart some clarity to the emerging space?
Cloud computing is unclear. Cloud computing is emerging.
Cloud computing is a paradigm shift and the approach thus far has been to address it like it was not a paradigm or business model shift. The ‘let’s put the Ferrari Red paint on the Apple Cart and call it a Ferrari’ approach.
Why is it a paradigm shift?
Cloud computing is a paradigm shift because there are cosmic forces at work ripping apart, re-forming, and creating new things out of what is and what was every day.
Cloud computing – in my opinion and in its nature - does three major things:
1. Centralizes availability computing resources and components into ‘galaxies’
2. Distributes the galaxies into a collective pool of computing (universe)
3. That universe expands and morphs creating and destroying galaxies
There is the confusion because the definition does not fit the description.
If I am a hardware vendor – I have been in the business of selling hardware. Is hardware the end all be all of computing – no! I need software, networking, and other pieces to make it part of the universe.
If I am a software vendor – I sell the software that provides the ability for me to do something on the hardware, and in conjunction with the network, other software and other pieces in the universe.
If I am a network company – I may build and make hardware AND software, but unless it is connected to other pieces then I am not part of the universe.
So what is cloud computing?
I believe it is not Cloud Computing but ‘Cosmos’ computing.
I really can’t define it in and of itself, but can metaphorically in that it is the equivalent of our Cosmos - universe(s) – much is known, exploration is happening every moment of everyday, and the forces that govern the universe(s) – known and unknown – are at work keeping things in some sort of balance allowing it to work.
I will keep on ruminating on the definition as it goes way above cloud in my opinion...