A lot has changed in Cloud Computing in last 4 years. Still, let us not forget: 90% of IT users, needs clear exp-lanation on the benefits.[Original Post: 2010 Mar 19]
By “you”, I mean a “normal” human. The average software user. Not geek or hacker, or software developer. What I would like is to explain to you : what does cloud-computing, mean for You, not for us “techies”. And most importantly : Why The Cloud?
Cloud is good for You
For, you the user, the business, the “information-nation” , Cloud Computing is just an “Mediator”. A level of indirection. “System” for hiding the complexity. Just an “fluffy interface” to the IT. To this “dark force”, that each and every one of you users, quietly and passionately hate and loathe, deep down at the bottom of your suffering non-IT souls :)
My claim is: Cloud is good for you.
It is defending you. It mediates between you and this imposing evil in your life (until now) called : Computers. Which I call : IT.
Cloud is not yet, but inevitably will be, sitting in front of you. In the (near) future You will not need to have intimate relationship you do not want: with IT, I mean. With PC’s. With software, hardware, “IT literacy” exams and courses, job requirements, etc. I do believe all this chores will be made much more malleable by introduction of the “Cloud”. And ubiquitous usage of it.
It is best to think of everything you will need , for any kind of computing as a “Screen”. Just a Screen, a desktop. Ideally Cloud should make everything else that is bothering you today “disappear” : the annoying whizzing PC box, Windows, Office, Outlook, Backup, Restore, Disaster Recovery, cables, external drives, etc … The lot. You just need to understand that all of that will simply “disappear” in the future.
You will be left with , and you will need only: the Screen. (Probably a touch one at that.) Everything else will be “moved” to the Cloud. All hardware will evaporate and dissipate upwards, and form the Clouds.