Is the cloud all about XXL?

This entry is inspired by two advertisements of the cloud (see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8aCYZ3gXfy8&feature=youtube_gdata_player and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YsVGDUkWTHI), that surprised me on how this notion is being incepted in specialists and common non-specialized audiences.

Most technical and somehow academic definitions of the cloud include the idea of unlimited access to resources implying somehow the idea of “big size”. Indeed, some communities tend to define the cloud as if it was all about XXL matters, that is, scaling data processing and storage, exploiting computing resources through map reduce models, load balancing, and high performance computing techniques. Yet, I believe that it is important to go beyond the size and define the cloud using other key features. For instance, data long life and flexible persistency, resources continuous availability and sharing are three key factors that seem to be used by cloud vendors for “grand publique”.

The cloud as an infrastructure is of course about exciting computer science challenges but it can also be used just as an execution platform, with the ambition of avoiding the burden of managing other platform services like a DBMS, an IDE, a Web server and rather using these services “on-line” as long and as much users need them. There is room for a transparent use of the cloud where all the benefits of having unlimited resources are there to be exploited and where people can concentrate on fulfilling a specific requirement that can be: building an application, or uploading personal photographs that can be instantly accessed through different devices.

Anyway, I believe that technology users in the different roles they play (online-players, developers, social contacts, companies assets, …) should have a look at the experience of being cloud users and have a first touch to “ubiquitous” access to technological services on XXL and XXS contexts.

One Reply to “Is the cloud all about XXL?”

  1. Cloud as a Service is feasible to anoyne as long as you know what you want.I’d like to live my life with a smile and usually use the above type of examples. In this video John Cleese is really spot on when he compares a laptop with a dead fish. In over 30 years in IT business I have learned that religious’ choices and hidden agenda’s oftentimes have companies make really bad decisions. When focusing on the Cloud, there are many ways to do it wrong, but as many ways to do it right. Come back to this website as often as you can. I might be able to help you. Cloud as a Service could be a dead fish or a brilliant solution to many of your problems.

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