As Mike mentioned in the previous post, we’re going to Cloud Camp tonight. We’re sponsoring tonight’s event as well as the ones scheduled for Chicago, Toronto, London and Germany.
Related to this, the interview in the Guardian with Richard Stallman has lot of people talking. In it he says:
‘It’s stupidity. It’s worse than stupidity: it’s a marketing hype campaign…Somebody is saying this is inevitable â?? and whenever you hear somebody saying that, it’s very likely to be a set of businesses campaigning to make it true’
In a curious bit of irony, Larry Ellison has a similar perspective:
â??The interesting thing about cloud computing is that weâ??ve redefined cloud computing to include everything that we already do. I canâ??t think of anything that isnâ??t cloud computing with all of these announcements. The computer industry is the only industry that is more fashion-driven than womenâ??s fashion. Maybe Iâ??m an idiot, but I have no idea what anyone is talking about. What is it? Itâ??s complete gibberish. Itâ??s insane. When is this idiocy going to stop?
It’s true that noise surrounding Cloud Computing is deafening and that and the very definition morphs into whatever anyone needs it to be. Its important to realize that that’s what Larry and Richard are calling stupid.
Regardless of what you call it, the underlying trend toward Cloud Computing and the motivations behind it is not stupidity or idiocy. Its the inevitable, relentless, progression of computing that we’ve experienced for decades: Better, faster and cheaper.
See you at Cloud Camp.