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Cloud is the new hosted in the adverse diverse universe

Irn-Bru cans

If there was always one, single, universal answer, we’d not have Pepsi, Coca-Cola and IRN-BRU; there would not be around 20 diverse, major religions or belief systems in the world; Android, iOS 4, Symbian OS and Windows Phone 7 would all be superseded by ‘Universal SmartPhone OS 2’, and we’d all dress the same – like the characters in Logan’s Run. Continue reading

We’re doomed!

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“We’re doomed!” said Pte. Fraser in the cult BBC comedy, Dad’s Army.

Well, that might be true if you’re concerned about global warming, the exhaustion of finite, carbon resources, the disappearance of tinority* languages like Busuu, the fact that the sun will burn out in around five billion years, or the B’ak’tun Cycle of the Mayans. For the rest of us, life goes on… Continue reading

Voices in the clouds

Cloud computing is a hot topic currently – but it is a complex subject area with different meanings to different people. In its simplest form, it is a term used for cloud storage/backup services. Others use the term to describe their software-as-a-service (SaaS) offerings – where software applications that would have been run on your own servers are now hosted by a service provider. Finally, and perhaps the most demanding, is CaaS – communications-as-a-service – where a real-time enterprise communications platform is hosted in the cloud. Continue reading

A crowd of daffodils and hosted clouds

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You might recall the poem by William Wordsworth that begins, “I wandered lonely as a cloud.” His poem may have been about ‘a host of golden daffodils’, but the second verse is more appropriate if we pretend that it’s about the advocates of cloud computing.

“Continuous as the stars that shine and twinkle on the Milky Way,
They stretched in never-ending line along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance, tossing their heads in sprightly dance.”
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