“The Cloud” Does Not Exist


Over the past couple of years, “the cloud” has become a big buzzword (or buzz phrase). Supposedly, everyone is moving their data and computing services to the cloud.

The problem is that there’s no such thing as “the cloud.” There’s Google’s cloud. There’s Microsoft’s cloud. There’s Facebook’s cloud. Each of those clouds is a bunch of remove servers operated by some organization. But where is “THE cloud”? It’s not anyhwere. It doesn’t exist.

Next time you hear “the cloud,” ask “Whose cloud?”

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