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faryl
faryl
9/30/2016 8:19:46 PM
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Re: Cloud time
I agree. I just think it's funny that we've been using "cloud based" applications for far longer than it's been called "the cloud", but once there's a buzzword it gets looked at in a different way. (It kind of reminds me of the debt ceiling issues we've had the past few years. The debt ceiling was raised numerous times in US history with no issue. Then congress calls attention to it as some sort of political spin and everyone gets up in arms that the debt ceiling isn't high enough like the sky is falling)

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dlr5288
dlr5288
9/30/2016 3:14:44 PM
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Re: Safety Fears
Same with me. I value my pictures and other media rather than some account I have on my phone or other device.

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faryl
faryl
9/30/2016 2:35:06 PM
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Re: Safety Fears
I think it depends on the nature of the content too. I'm more worried about losing pictures & movies than I am about people hacking into an account and accessing them.

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dlr5288
dlr5288
9/30/2016 11:53:14 AM
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Re: Safety Fears
I feel the same way! Even though there have been hackers being able to get into the cloud, I too feel more secure having my stuff backed up on the cloud for sure!

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JohnBarnes
JohnBarnes
9/30/2016 7:29:34 AM
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Re: Cloud time
faryl,

People who never think twice about "where" their email is stored or used whatever Apple's iCloud product was called before Apple renamed it, suddenly balk at "cloud-based solutions".

And well they should. As the security people rightly remind us all the time, lost or compromised data is an expensive disaster.  Moving to the cloud makes it less likely that a local fire or flood or the burglar/hacker down the street will make a mess for you, at the cost of making it theoretically possible for contintent-wide disasters to take you down with them. People who like the vampire shift because things are quiet are sometimes frustrated by that being the time when maintenance happens in the cloud. And the experience of Apple's and Microsoft's fundamental customer view -- "our engineer knows what you ought to want to do your job the way a computer science grad thinks you should do it" -- does not make anyone want to give them physical control of anything essential. Today the cloud; tomorrow, either nobody or everybody gets the serial comma.

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faryl
faryl
9/29/2016 9:53:58 PM
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Re: Cloud time
Plus there's the fact that popularizing the term "cloud" gives some people the perception that it's something different than "info is stored on our servers, not yours". People who never think twice about "where" their email is stored or used whatever Apple's iCloud product was called before Apple renamed it, suddenly balk at "cloud-based solutions".

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faryl
faryl
9/29/2016 9:47:02 PM
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Re: Safety Fears
I feel more comfortable backing up data using something cloud-based than a local drive. I've had too many external drives stop working or the data gets corrupted - it feels like a safe bet that a reputable cloud-based company invests more on better quality/more reliable hardware than I am able to.

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freehe
freehe
9/29/2016 10:09:26 AM
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AT&Ts Future is Cloudy
There is still fear among some companies about moving to the cloud, just like companies were afraid to move to virtualization, streaming data, faster data speeds, and HD TV.

It is about time that features were developed that be used for multiple purposes such as fine-grain functions or micro services.

It is great that AT&T is building reusable business logic and data services that can quickly deliver business workflows.

Time will tell if their efforts are successful.

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afwriter
afwriter
9/28/2016 10:27:47 AM
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Safety Fears
I have been converting my huge movie collection to digital and when I tell people about it, their first question is almost always, "what if the cloud crashes and you lose all of your movies?"  I usually respond with the fact that it is a lot safer than having physical DVDs hanging around the house.  The reason for this comparison is that I feel like a lot of people (including executives) are still afraid that they are going to send information out there that gets lost forever, or even worse, stolen. 


I am glad AT&T is setting an example for other companies. 

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JohnBarnes
JohnBarnes
9/27/2016 7:43:50 AM
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Another safe forecast, I think ...
The cloud's functions-not-gadgets worldview is not just going to disrupt "traditional" IT (I have a problem calling anything that came in after I was eligible to vote "traditional").  It's going to replace it with something that may be called IT but wouldn't be recognizable to a time traveler from ten years ago. Although the best IT people have always focused on solving client/user/customer problems and creating opportunities, IT has always disproportionately drawn people who like to know how to make the magic box work -- tech people who like to know systems intimately in all their proprietary idiosyncrasy.  As the world moves to a function-based cloud (and open systems), the overall IT mission of fitting solutions to problems is going to slide from "I really know how to make the solution work (and it's up to the user to explain the problem clearly enough)" to "I really understand the problem (and once I do, there will be  appropriate pieces to slap together in the cloud)."

It's going to be an interesting world. Maybe even a better one.

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