10 things I like about cloud

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It has been one of my most memorable career experiences to participate in the ITSO Cloud Social Media Residency in Bangalore, India last October. It was my first time in India and to see all the activities (such as traffic, numerous young IT professionals in business parks, protests, and more) in the IT capital is really quite a unique experience. I have pleasant memories and I’ve met fantastic people who are not only passionate about cloud computing but also of India’s past, present, and future.

Just as the bright light coming out of the cloud over the Karnataka Assembly Hall in one of the photos I took (above), my cloud knowledge has been extended, made concrete, and simplified after the week-long discussions, discovery, and debates with cloud thought leaders. I feel that sharing this “light” as ten “rays” will help people understand more about cloud:

  1. I can easily and quickly set up (provision) a virtual server. Read my earlier blog post (http://ibm.co/117eKgX ) about my actual experience creating my first virtual server in a few minutes.
  2. My computing power needs can now be purchased very cheaply. If you look closely at the photo, you see the notices about child labor and alcoholic addiction. The world has a lot of problems and non-profit organizations can now extend more of their helping hand through the cloud. I’m sure that there are some very generous cloud service providers (CSPs) that can support them by providing very low (or possibly no cost) cloud usage rates.
  3. When I was studying in the Philippines, my budget was tight but I was still able to buy my favorite and good quality shampoo because it was inside a very cheap sachet. This analogy is very true for cloud, a world-class, quality cloud service from a reputable CSP for only a few bucks a month.
  4. When my house was broken in by robbers, I was so thankful that my precious belongings were in a safety deposit box in a secured bank somewhere in Sydney CBD. I just pay them an annual fee and they give me peace of mind. Cloud can give me a similar peace of mind because I can dictate which of my computing assets will be managed securely by my CSP. I have seen these best-of-breed security setups in a product called IBM SmartCloud Enterprise+ during my residency.
  5. Last year, we spent our Christmas vacation in Las Vegas and we tried the many food buffets in the various hotels. The whole family enjoyed (and gained a few kilos!) the various types of food very much. This concept of pick what you want or need is actually now possible in the cloud. A demo of IBM SmartCloud Application Services was shown during my residency and it is really amazing how you can now select not only the operating system (OS) but also middleware, application software, and so on in a very intuitive portal.
  6. I am always fascinated by the many systems and subsystems that constitute a modern car because of the many “error proofing” mechanisms built into it. The simplest example is that you cannot start your car if your transmission is not in “Park.” Cloud hardware and software also have started to implement intelligence, self-healing logic, error-proofing and an actual system called IBM PureSystems already has several of these gizmos.
  7. The cloud is the seamless integration of the three major IT products: hardware (HW), software (SW), and services (SRVS). I strongly believe that the winner of the cloud game will be the CSP that can provide the most reliable, most affordable and value-added cloud solution (that is HW, SW, and SRVS) to the widest range of cloud consumers.
  8. Pervasive computing, social business, mobile computing – all these are now realities because of cloud. Watch this space; there are endless possibilities that can take advantage of the cloud.
  9. Like the automotive industry or construction industry, cloud is forcing vendors and competitors to adopt common standards so that clouds can talk to each other – I believe that standardization is always good for everybody, especially us, the consumers.
  10. As with ATMs or touchscreen kiosks, self-service is the name of the game. I really like having the power to create and destroy my cloud when I want. These tasks are useful during development and testing of important business applications. With cloud, project managers can no longer place waiting times for purchasing hardware or installing software in their Gantt charts.

I’m sure that there are more good things about cloud that I missed so I look forward to receiving comments.

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Gerard Frez

About Gerard Frez

Gerard "Gerry" Frez is an IT Architect in IBM Australia and part of the CIO organisation supporting key business transformation initiatives that involves IBM’s Services organisations, Global Business Services (GBS) and Global Technology Services (GTS). Current role includes the seamless integration of the Growth Market Unit’s (GMU) Services legacy applications to the worldwide deployment of one of IBM’s largest SAP transformation project. Worked as a developer, technical team leader, project manager and architect in the Food & Beverage, Oil & Gas and Information Technology industries. Interests are on cloud computing, business process management and business agility enablement. A Project Management Professional (PMP), an Accredited Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and IBM Cloud Ambassador.
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