Friday, July 30, 2010

The Hard Drive in the Sky

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. And so it was that we tried “outsourcing” and that fell down flat on its e-face. Then someone called it using an “Application Service Providers” or ASP but that sounded like we would get stung and they failed to understand the importance of giving our data over to a newish under-financed company who maybe didn’t care about privacy, information security, etc. But then, we went to THE CLOUD. There I met a beautiful fairy who showed me the way of the Cloud Computing—"Isn’t it wonderful" she purred, “the hard drive in the sky.” And I saw it and it was wonderful indeed. Blah, Blah, Blah.

But businesses are now getting serious about Cloud Computing and I don’t really have the heart burn I may have had before. And that is because real businesses with lots to lose are doing it . That doesn’t mean you don’t need help navigating this new business relationship as it is different. But rather, it is serious business now done by companies with lots to lose if they screw up. The July 26 WSJ article said it all “Microsoft and Google Vie To Sell U.S. Cloud Mail."

Oh, so you weren’t really a fairy at all? “No, I am a Stanford graduate in Computer Science with funny slippers and comfy pants.” I got it.

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