I wonder if most people realize that “the cloud” is really just someone else’s computer?

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Jonathan · March 19, 2021 at 2:24 pm

Exactly. “The Cloud” is merely paying someone else to store data, do backups, etc,
What they typically don’t mention is that it means slower communications and more reliance on outside connections and firms..
When our server was in our facility, we could do most of our job even if the data line to outside went down. Now that everything, even the print server, is offsite due to stupid server reductions rule, if our connection goes down we can’t do ANYTHING. And of course everything is slow.
Multiply this by over 100 facilities, some VERY remote in this organization, and every day somebody can’t do any work.

brewer · March 19, 2021 at 4:04 pm

Put something in the cloud, you do not own it. Your access can be restricted. You have no control over security. The provider can use the data without your knowing.

With the myriad security breaches going on, trusting these people would be foolish.

joe · March 19, 2021 at 8:46 pm

c’mon man…some woke ass moron came up with that term and you just busted his bubble…chicken tenders…alfjdfa’f;df;asj

Techiedude · March 20, 2021 at 8:30 am

Not even using someone’s computer. More like using some of their computer some of the time. Nearly all of these services are running virtually.

It’s simply a way to monetize you using your computer. In the past you bought software, and it lasted years, usually as long as you owned the machine.

For instance, the package I use most for work cost $1400. Version upgrades generally cost half that. All in, as long as I’ve used the package, my company has paid $2800 or so over maybe 8-10 years.

The cloud version they want me to upgrade to is $1400/year for the subscription. MS office works the same. Instead of the 100 bucks or so I’d drop on Office basic, which would last 5+ years, I pay $99/yr.

It’s recurring revenue to them. It’s OP-x to me, since I use rather than buy. More palatable and saleable than software assurance plans.

The issue, as others mentioned, is with your data. With ms office, you produce docs in formats usable to other packages. Your CRM cloud provider cuts you off because wokeness, and what can you do with that data, even if you thought to export it.

    Divemedic · March 20, 2021 at 1:56 pm

    But isn’t “running virtually” just another way of saying “running on someone else’s computer?”

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