I wonder sometimes about the concept of cloud. Not that I think it is misnamed or a misnomer, rather that it is a concept that is stretched by the various vendors to the overall snapping point.
There are banners in airports that say “we are private cloud.” Newspaper and magazine adds that talk to the concept of “cloud” that I worry about.
Its not simply the act of anointing your new private cloud (that was the closet in your data center). Its not that various vendors have fractured what cloud means.
Really it is about the concept itself, I promise. The concept of shared computing which in the end is what cloud is. You see I fear bandwidth. I told people ten years ago that when home network access got better the internet and what was to become cloud computing would explode. Look at what happened, home bandwidth exploded and so did the internet. Now my concern is the total capacity of the internet to handle all this traffic. Sure I love watching my tv anywhere and tuning into my netflix account to watch movies, but each time I am sucking the essential bandwidth of the internet. Remember what happened on 9/11? Cellular service ground to a halt.
There is a finite amount of bandwidth available, today. What do we do when the internet burps?