It’s a cloud service – honest!

Anyone can run a “cloud” service – really. People have been running “cloud” services for a long time, before marketing got hold of the term.
If I want to be pedantic about it – when I remotely access the media stored on my home server you could say I’m accessing a content from the “cloud”.

So let’s be a bit more picky about what we call a “cloud” service. Have a read of my latest rant piece on BoxFreeIT:

If you want a great listing of attributes that cloud services should aspire to, have a look at Andy Milroy’s blog post (it’s a good one for “cloud” provides to benchmark themselves against): 16 Key Attributes of Cloud Computing

What’s in a cloud?

Having been around the IT industry for a while I’m no stranger to buzzwords and tech fads.
The current trend is “cloud”, of which I’m personally a fan as it has forced a lot of large organisations to change their offerings while providing benefits to organisations of all sizes.

It still throws me however when I speak to prospective customers who raise their objection to solutions like Office 365 because the technology is relatively new and unproven.

So I sat down on my soapbox with a laptop and wrote the following piece for BoxFreeIT about what “cloud” really means: