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A Cloud Paradox

Sometimes the greatest truths make no sense. That’s not just a paradox, it’s also the definition of one. The big clouds are global...

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A Cloud Paradox

Sometimes the greatest truths make no sense. That’s not just a paradox, it’s also the definition of one. The big clouds are global computing systems with over a million servers apiece, cleverly networked to represent millions more computers. At any given time, millions and billions of people are diving in and out of these systems, enjoying their email, their version of the internet, their business experience, no two users are the same, and cloud services strive to anticipate particular business and personal needs. Some of these needs are configured by the user, some utilise artificial intelligence “agents” that enable people to write and find documents more effectively. This, already in itself is a paradox, because it shows that the worlds biggest computer is also personal.

Then, just how important is the security when it comes to cloud computing? Short answer, very important. “Challenges and questions must be overcome” explained Mark Hosking. Bringing to light, that even though cloud is a big paradox, questions must not be left hanging. “In a world like today, there are new rules and new realities, therefore, any platform requires an automated and safe process.” This is where open cloud platforms make a grand entrance, or rather, they do what clouds do, they make a grand appearance. “Open cloud platforms allow for less effort and less costs” explained Hosking. Understandably, at hearing less costs, the audience members ears perked up like those of an inquisitive cat. “Yes, lower costs and are more secure, scalable and agile” he finished.

This demonstrates how the cloud world is maturing. And as it matures, the stakes will get higher. This is quite evident when you consider how much RedHat is trying to move beyond its traditional story about virtualisation.

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