Cloud – Old wine in a new bottle
“Cloud” is the latest buzzword which can be read and heard these days among Technoratis . But what exactly is cloud or cloud computing as it is termed .
Being a software guy , the buzzword was really pulling my attention towards itself , like many others might have experienced . I was aware of Iaas , Paas , SaaS and from my initial readings on clouds I found , cloud concept incorporates IaaS (Infrastucture as a service), PaaS ( Platform as a service ), Saas ( Software as a Service )
and all recent technologies that rely on the Internet to satisfy the computing needs of users. Cloud computing services often provide common business applications online that are accessed from a web browser, while the software and data are stored on the servers.
So is it not like the old wine in the new bottle ? Are we not redefining things that we are already doing may not be in the same way .? Well these are my views atleast at this moment of time , when I am writing this blog .
Cloud computing customers do not generally own the physical infrastructure serving as host to the software platform. Instead, they avoid capital expenditure by renting usage from a third-party provider. But here what I saw was a limiting factor where the users don’t have freedom and will have to rely totally on the cloud computing providers for what services they are willing to offer. One more thing which I did not like was this concept does not allow users to physically possess the storage of their data .
So are we buying something which is not totally under our control , which is been controlled by some one on the other side and we can just use the services which the provider is offering us and not what we want .
From a developers point of view , Yes it’s a new concept which might in near future rule the internet , I am excited .But from the user point of view I am still doubtful .