So we have had a production customer offering in “the cloud” now for almost six months. We have in effect outsourced data center, hardware, and some level of OS support. Hardly a new concept – it’s simply been wrapped in a new marketing cloak. Admittedly, there are different levels of “cloud”, culminating in SaaS, software-as-a-service. In a previous position, I ran a team that hosted production enterprise applications while customers had their own development environment and hosted their own internal applications. Was I a cloud provider then?
Cloud is simply the latest term for outsourcing and service provider. The only difference is maybe a higher level of maturity and transparency from what it was 10-15 years ago. Larry’s comments last month have much validity.