A cloud is normally visible right? It seems then that the “cloud” metaphor of “cloud computing” is flawed although I understand that it is based on the typical computer network diagram.
As I understand the term, cloud computing is used to describe the use of a scalable platform, like external web-based Google Apps, for computing services vs. installation and management of software and hardware. One common analogy I like is the use of public utilities to secure services where you can’t see the infrastructure.
John Iscream raises his concern about cloud computing and security. His issue is with the lack of visibility which should be a concern.
“There are many questions to be answered about the issues surrounding the “safe” (whatever that may mean) use of the cloud, and I believe some questions are still to be asked.”
Harold Jarche weighs in too.
“…if your data are important, you should know where they reside, as I said in Own Your Data… All of this has implications for training and education, especially as more organisations use Web 2.0 tools for learning.”
I’m working (on?) (in?) the cloud I can’t see and teeter-totter between the glad-I-know-where-my-stuff-is to the holy-shit-all-my-stuff-is-out-there.