Cloud computing is the delivery of computing as a service rather than a product, whereby shared resources, software, and information are provided to computers and other devices as a utility (like the electricity grid) over a network (typically the Internet).
There may be legs under the claim that datacenter outages are more widely reported than cloud outages. But there were some early problems with Amazon's service and a couple of others that basically had some ITers running for the hills.
On the other hand, I suspect there's plenty of reporting on cloud security to come. So far, hacking is about data centers, home computing, mobile devices: another shoe is waiting to drop. (How many shoes is that altogether?)
"The main issue for many IT professionals seems to be the lack of control perceived when a service is actually not hosted on site. It's about time that perception was challenged."
Last week at Interop a speaker made a comparison between perception of clouds vs. datacenters to how people perceive airplanes vs. cars. While driving is, statistically, more dangerous, people perceive airplanes to be more dangerous because they're not in control of the machinery.
Kim, that was the opinion shared during one of the keynotes at Interop last week... that cloud outages get reported but data center outages don't. Granted, the person making this point was a cloud vendor... but it's a good point.
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