Thursday, April 14, 2011

One Cloud to Rule them All

One Cloud to rule them all, One Cloud to find them, One Cloud to bring them all and in the darkness bind them. - Apologies to J.R.R. Tolkien

It is amusing to me that IBM was in the Cloud business so long ago, they had no idea that is what they were doing. The poor old, left for dead mainframe that never quite got extinct is still plugging away with so many VMs on it it you could probably replace an entire data center with one. Well one HUGE one.

It is commodity time again. I got, you got, he got a Cloud. Big deal.

What's in your Cloud is the big deal. No matter your business, if you looked outside your office to the Internet and saw tools you could use, why not just use them? I guarantee yoru employees are, and within your network and you may not even know about it...or care.

You want simpler, easier collaboration tools. Faster networks, more options, better personalization choices and customization flexibility. You also want it for free. As the old saying goes, pick 2 out of 3.

If Internet access was truly ubiquitous and nominal fee based, like your water bill, that would change everything. Google and Apple among others see this as a forthcoming future and are ahead of the game.

Where are you? Where is your IT? How will you stay modern when your old systems are legacy after a few months or in modern parlance, last rev.

One Cloud to rule them all? You bet and it may be coming sooner than anyone thinks.


  1. Mainframes and bureaux computing were definitely all the rage in the 60s and 70s, as people time-shared to avoid picking up the costs of the hardware etc.

    By the mid-80s, midrange ( AS/400 !! ) and PCs were coming along to take over the niche.

    By the late 90s, I was selling thin client solutions, which were taking us back to server-based computing.

    We then had thin client vs. fat client wars in the noughties, so cloud computing is merely the latest strike in the battle.

    What goes around, comes around :-)

  2. Once again showing IBM was way ahead of its time, yet also showing that in this case they stuck with it as well. Unlike some other lines that got dropped right when they could have boomed.