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What is Cloud?

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by jonsidneyb, May 26, 2011.

  1. jonsidneyb

    jonsidneyb Well-Known Member

    Ok, here is a really dumb question.

    I see this term once in awhile but don't really know what it is. I thought it was a form of variable space across several servers.

    The way I see the word being used makes me think I am very mistaken.
     
  2. Nysm

    Nysm Member

    Cloud - Wikipedia

    Small Quote:
     
  3. Kier

    Kier XenForo Developer Staff Member

    It's a generic term that covers all aspects of distributed, remote computing. When people refer to 'in the cloud' these days, the phrase is largely interchangeable with 'on the Internet'.
     
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  4. Kier

    Kier XenForo Developer Staff Member

    That definition sounds more like a description of a thin client rather than 'the cloud' in general.
     
  5. Kim

    Kim Well-Known Member

    Well.. there's this whole cycle of Precipitation/Evaporation... oh you meant that kind of cloud.... [​IMG]
     
  6. Forsaken

    Forsaken Well-Known Member

    So its basically like web2.0, and just a buzzword now :p.
     
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  7. Nysm

    Nysm Member

    I was referring to the most common word normally used as a service to provide connectivity to ones personal space without having to trace back to their own PC (normally I would use my PC but I can't have it on 24/7).

    I would always be referred to a service like amazon cloud or dropbox or something of the sort if I was to say "cloud" or sync services.
     
  8. Shelley

    Shelley Well-Known Member

    :D
     
  9. CyclingTribe

    CyclingTribe Well-Known Member

    A marketing buzzword.

    "To the cloud!" ... :ROFLMAO:
     
  10. jonsidneyb

    jonsidneyb Well-Known Member

    Your avatar changes alot :)

    How are people going to recognize you?
     
  11. Shelley

    Shelley Well-Known Member

    You must be mistaken me for somebody else. I hardly, and very seldom change my avatar.
     
  12. jonsidneyb

    jonsidneyb Well-Known Member

    Ummmm, you made me double check.

    Nope, you where last the brunette avatar, now you are the headphone avatar, and something else before the brunette avatar.
     
  13. CBI Web

    CBI Web Well-Known Member

    No one really knows for sure what "the cloud" is. I think it came about at a party, from a drunken IT guy, and everyone was impressed with his knowledge of this "cloud" thing. So everyone says it like they know what it means, but are afraid to admit they don't have a clue.
     
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  14. jonsidneyb

    jonsidneyb Well-Known Member

    Thanks, that helps me feel a tiny bit less IT stupid. :)
     
  15. Forsaken

    Forsaken Well-Known Member

    The cloud buzzword wasn't started by the IT industry, but was started by companies scaling into the IT industry (y).

    The 'cloud' has existed since the 90's, it just wasn't available as it is now.
     
  16. jonsidneyb

    jonsidneyb Well-Known Member

    It changed again.
     
  17. Nysm

    Nysm Member

    Yeah, Shelly is changing her avatar for me too.

    It's almost like a PHP Script for changing the image every request but XenForo doesn't accept that :p
     
  18. Jake Bunce

    Jake Bunce XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    I am responsible for the criticism section on that page:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cloud_computing#Criticism_of_the_term

    I had to fight wars to get that section to stick. A lot of people are intellectually invested in this term and didn't like me exposing it for what it is.

    I have also posted a ton of stuff about cloud computing on my forum. It's a good read if you have an axe to grind. axe_grind.gif

    Other threads:

    http://xenforo.com/community/threads/does-ms-even-know-what-the-cloud-is.12397/
    http://xenforo.com/community/threads/cloud-syncronization.3352/
     
  19. Forsaken

    Forsaken Well-Known Member

    I'm your bff now :).

    What has recently gotten me in recent years is that the IT crowd has now begun to jump onto the term just like many designers and developers did with Web2.0. The technology is nothing new (other than a few things) and all they're doing is trying to increase sales by throwing in a little pizazz.

    I've made sure that any intern knows if they go around throwing buzzwords I'll make their internship even more hellish than I already would have (y).
     
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  20. Legend

    Legend Member

    Clould is only the most amazing hero of all time.

    [​IMG]
     
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