SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The most popular cloud computing stories of 2011 were about big vendors jumping into or kicking the tires on this emerging space and engineers coming to grips with the technologies involved. Data center design news also grabbed some eyeballs while standards captured some attention.
I give a story on the IEEE kicking off two standards efforts in cloud computing an honorable mention at #10. It was actually about 12 in the reader rankings but I'm putting it on the list due to its importance.
Since early 2009, computer scientists have been calling for cloud standards. The Open Cloud Manifestocame out of the work of an ad hoc group trying to come to grips with the issues in 2009. Even the Obama Administration supported a commission that reported in 2011 on the need for public and private collaboration on cloud standards
Many of the top ten cloud stories were design articles and technical papers helping engineers understand the underlying technology.
A series of four tutorialson the future of cloud computing based on a book by Terrence Lillard was the most popular of these, coming in fifth place. Susan Rambo, managing editor of our sister publication Embedded Systems Design, was close behind at number sixwith an article on emerging machine-to-machine (M2M) standards as part of a cloud discussion group she spawned this year.
Third on the list was a news story about the head of Microsoft's data center group calling for cloud-friendly flash chips and server SoCs at an LSI Corp. event in November. Dileep Bhandarkar gave a similar speech at a Linley Group event in January.
Interestingly, the big story in April on Facebook opening up its data center designs on everything from server power supplies and motherboards to air conditioning techniques did not rank high with readers. Facebook's Open Compute Project staged an update of its work in October, bringing in heavy hitting speakers including serial entrepreneur Andy Bechtolsheimóbut again got relatively few clicks.
At the end of the year, we published on our paid content EE Times Confidential site a wrap up on what we see as the big opportunities and challenges ahead in data center design.
The video does a very good job of illustrating how confused people can become from the multitude of terminology used in this high tech world. While this gentleman may have drawn some unusual conclusions from what he believes to be true, I suspect there are many people who do not fully understand the process. Unfortunately, this misinformation tends to damage the credibility of a technology and slow down or even stop forward momentum.
It is funny, indeed. But there is an element of truth in it. For instance, now, if you recycle your old PC or laptop at Best Buy stores, they insist that you first remove the hard drive, and dispose of it yourself.
Real story. My daughter recycled a not too old laptop, whose hard drive was misbehaving. Would you believe that we got a call from a neighbor, who bought the laptop reconditioned, and tracked it down to us? Lives just two houses down the street from us.
I cannot resist putting the link. I do not know what would be the consequences but its is really funny video explaining some niche American technologies and cloud computing. Unfortunately, the video is in Hindi with English subtitles:
In India, the most significant cloud computing story was a video of an important government officer giving lecture about cloud computing and shredding the technology into pieces as he had no ****ing ideas what this technology is all about. He thought that we literally are going to store data on clouds and was worried what if the cloud cover disappear into thin air or move from one country to another!
It's funny, all of the iPhone users at our company have switched away from "Icloud" in lieu of outlook and google based calendars (except of a couple of stubborn holdouts). Apple can't seem to get it right when it comes to sending out and responding to meeting invitations. With the massive amounts of data being transferred to devices these days, it makes less and less sense. For a lot of the "less technical" folks, this has given the whole cloud thing a black eye. I agree that it's not really anything new... What is newer is the availability of free online storage...
Hey Rick, count me among those who are, and continue to be, ho-hum about this "cloud" hype. Not because it isn't real, but because it has been around since 1993/1994. Or perhaps a little more arguably, even in the 1980s, in primitive forms. We could log onto corporate mainframes, back in the 1980s, over networks like X.25, and we could make use of any number of "cloud services." Yes, admittedly not like today, but it doesn't take much insight to see that we're just progressing along a continuous curve.
And it's no surprise that when "Apple" is mentioned, the faithful flock to the story. Whatever story that might be. That was, after all, Steve Jobs' genius that created the cult following.
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