Are you ‘in the Cloud’ or a ‘Cloud vendor’ ? What’s the difference ?


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Interesting little exchange with Ian Gotts from Nimbus (appropriate company name these days…) when I was pulling together a list of Cloud Vendors on Redux. I had a mental image of Ian waving furiously to attract my attention to the fact that they’ve been Cloud bound for 5 years or more but my argument back was that they’re a vendor “in” the Cloud, not a Cloud Vendor.

But then is there a difference ?

If you take the Wiki definition it states: “Cloud computing is Internet-based computing, whereby shared resources, software and information are provided to computers and other devices on-demand, like the electricity grid.”

Well, hardly helpful given there’s something like 70+ vendors on the list I compiled yesterday. It seems everything that’s not on-premise is treated as Cloud, but is it “in the Cloud” or being provided by a Cloud Vendor ?

To me, a Cloud Vendor is someone who takes your on-premise infrastructure and removed the client-side nature entirely and hosts it. I countered to Ian saying if he could host my office’s Microsoft infrastructure for me and provide me a cloudy solution then I could include him, but is that wrong ?

Or are the lines between “in” and “out” as wooly as the Clouds themselves ?

You tell me….

Republished with author's permission from original post.

Theo Priestley
Theo Priestley is Vice President and Chief Evangelist at Software AG, responsible for enabling the marketing and voice of the industry's leading Business Process, Big Data/ In-Memory/ Complex Event Processing, Integration and Transaction suite of platforms. Theo writes for several technology and business related sites including his own successful blog IT Redux. When he isn't evangelizing he's playing videogames, collecting comics and takes the odd photo now and then. Theo was previously an independent industry analyst and successful enterprise transformation consultant.


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