Puff the Magic Dragon.... Meet Cloud Computing

| 3/2/2011 10:43:02 AM

What are people smoking when they think about using “The Cloud” for their computing? Really? Am I the only one who sees how this is going to end? My guess is that it will all end in tears.

“Cloud” computing is the concept that you use other people’s servers and do all, yes “ALL” of your computing on their computers. You store everything on THEIR computers. It’s the new big thing and it proves to me that our species is doomed.

Let me get this straight. You want me to give up all control of my software and data to you, and store everything on your computers. Why would I do this? Well, it’s cheaper. The provider does all of the hard stuff. They keep everything upgraded and they pay for all the electricity in their warehouses full of servers. It allows businesses using “the cloud” to cut back on their IT Departments. I think any business that does this is asking for a compost heap full of problems.

Why would anyone give up control of his or her data, especially a business? Now to a certain degree many already do, by having other companies host their websites. The company that hosts our business website www.aztext.com has multiple server facilities where they have back ups of our website. So if somebody on a backhoe cuts a major cable in New York, or wherever the current server is that runs our website, they switch to another server bank that mirror backups our site so it should keep going. As companies become more and more dependent on their websites it can be a catastrophe if their website is down for an extended period of time. It’s one of things I remember about the movie “The Social Network” where Mark Zuckerberg is so paranoid about “The Facebook” ever going off line. Because if they do, people will jump to competing services. Ah, customer loyalty in the age of the internet.

But we keep a backup of our website here and if we ever had to restore it, we, with the help of our web guy Jaeson, could do it. When it comes to completely giving up control of my accounting and computing to an outside service though … no thanks.

We use “Gmail” as a backup to our email program Eudora. I have my emails forwarded to my Gmail account for those times when I am having problems with the server that administers my Eudora accounts. Eudora saves all of my emails, ingoing and outgoing, on my computer. Lots of people have said to me “Why do you use Eudora, when Gmail is free and you don’t need to store all of your emails on your hard drive?”

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