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Why So Much Buzz About the Cloud?

Why So Much Buzz About the Cloud?

There is so much buzz about Cloud Computing, groups like IDG‘s InfoWorld and EETimes have created special sections for it.

The surprise to me is as if this stuff was new. I signed up for Gmail on 1 April 2004, no fooling. I was delighted with the idea of not having to sync my desktop and laptop by running my own Exchange type server. Since it was just me, I used a simpler product called VPOP3. It pulled my mail from my ISP and stored it for me.

I could use MS Outlook at my desk or log in over the Internet and get my email from my laptop. As the company saying goes, it’s email made e-asy.

And when Google offered me a chance to try Gmail, I jumped at it. I started with a different email address. I wasn’t sure how this was going to work out. About 1 year later, I had shut down VPOP3.

It was a no-brainer. Sure the remote administration of my cute yet powerful server was painless. And what if the hard drive died while I was gone? With Gmail, that was Google’s problem.

And there built-in spam filter meant I didn’t have to shell out the bucks for spam software (and manage that too).

As ‘cloud’ options like word processing came along, I found myself quickly jumping on board with that too. Google Docs got my mind and fingers in June 2006.

As I write this, it is the 2nd quarter of 2011. So, in a few months the calendar says I will have moved “To The Cloud”, 5 years ago.

Lest you thing I’m being a Google Shill. Here are some worthy competitors:

Adobe

Amazon

IBM

Microsoft

Sun

Each link will take you to an announcement  of some type that will tell you more.

It appears I’m not alone. The Case for Online Word Processors

The “Cloud” isn’t new. I rest my case. Please present yours, for or against, below.

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