05-Dec-12 No more clouds. Please!

In Blog, Personal, Technology on December 5, 2012 at 6:44 pm

Today I attended a Citrix event at Kings Cross in London, which was a cut down version of their annual synergy conference.

Although it was a great event with some interesting insights in to their new product features and their roadmap, I left feeling a little ‘Clouded’ out, as I’ve never heard a term so freely used at one of these technical events.

‘Cloud’, as is ‘Consumerisation of IT’ and ‘Big Data’ are the current buzz words in the IT industry. Not an event goes by without the suppliers letting slip these terms.


I thought this picture was completely appropriate, as normally the only thing missing is the kitchen sink!

For the uninitiated amongst you (and any IT professionals who may have been in a time warp),Cloud computing is the use of computing resources (hardware and software) that are delivered as a service over a network (typically the Internet).

Apparently in a recent Citrix survey, 36 percent of Americans aged 18 to 29 faked cloud knowledge, versus 18 percent above the age of 30.

Perhaps of most worry is that 29 percent of respondents thought “the cloud” had something to do with the actual weather. In fact, only 16 percent of those surveyed defined the cloud as a network for storing and accessing data via a Web-connected device.

The one that made me smile was that 54 percent of respondents claimed to never use cloud computing, even though 95 percent of them participated in cloud-related activities such as online banking, online shopping, social networking, and uploading photos and music.

Yes, believe it or not, all of us who are concerned at using Internet Banking expose ourselves more on a daily basis by sharing our location and telling everyone when we are on holiday! Added to that, we then happily store all our music and photos in the cloud via either iTunes or Facebook without even knowing we are using the cloud!

In conclusion, Cloud is here to stay, but I just hope that the marketeers of these big corporations now start turning their attention to another buzz word!

To close today, my big seasonal computing tip. Maybe think twice before you invest in that Microsoft device this Xmas. Yes, the Surface and mobile products look quite cool and this could be the next big thing, but typically Microsoft first releases are a tad unreliable, so be patient and wait for that second release in spring or early summer.


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