With all of the noise generated around Cloud, we thought it was time for a reality check with one of the world's largest communities of IT professionals - that's you, by the way. We're trying to understand if Cloud is really the future of computing and if it is, how much? Do you think you'd trust them to host any of your apps, …
A mother of a survey
The 2011 census asked less questions! You would attract a greater response from people if the survey was shorter. Or at least you'd get a response from busy people who don't have all the time in the world to respond to big surveys - perhaps the sort of people that you really want to hear from.
I started filling it in and then realised....
There was no option for "we'll try and sell you the cloud, whatever the hell that means this week, but we sure as hell don't use it ourselves".
It depends on whether more things go wrong in the 'cloud'. We've seen clouds evaporate recently with comms or server issues. A name-change may be in order soon.
It does appear that , in reality, the 'cloud' has been around for a while, it's just it was never called that at the time.
This time it's supposed to be used for saving a shed-load of money by not having your own servers, for saving on processing by using others in multiple configurations.
I can see a time in the not too distant future where local storage will become popular again due to network failures and even DDOS.
The reliance of others to provide your necessary services (think privatisation) is not always the best route to follow.