[vcf-midatlantic] Great vintage computer article.

Dave McGuire mcguire at neurotica.com
Wed Apr 19 12:59:47 EDT 2017

On 04/19/2017 11:58 AM, Dean Notarnicola via vcf-midatlantic wrote:
> I have to agree with Bill. Given the proper use case, cloud (true cloud,
> which is not just "someone else's computer", a common misconception) can be
> an advantage. Moving some of our compute and storage resources to the cloud
> allows us more agility to react to changes and liberates our limited IT
> resources to engage in higher value strategic work.

   It is in fact "someone else's computer".

   Dean, please don't make the mistake of assuming that, because I don't 
use "cloud" services, that I don't know what they are or how they work. 
I'm somewhat embarrassed to say that I was directly involved in some of 
the earliest such efforts in the 1990s, and I'm not exactly out of touch 

   So, in your definition of "true cloud", who exactly owns the 
computers?  If your answer isn't "me" or "our company", then my 
assertion stands.

   Based on my (admittedly somewhat combative) reply to Bill, I'd say 
the problem your company has addressed by using cloud services wasn't a 
lack of agility or lack of services, but lack of sufficient IT staff.

   I wish you the best of luck with those services, but I think we both 
know what'll happen when one of them goes tits-up without warning.


Dave McGuire, AK4HZ
New Kensington, PA

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