whurley called yesterday, letting me know about his new InfoWorld blog on cloud computing. He’s my friend, so I felt comfortable chiding him a bit. “Aren’t you the one who told me last year that cloud computing was bull&!@*?”, I asked him. Of course he was. But, he explained he is taking a contrarian approach. That makes sense to me.
His first entry “Romanticizing Cloud Computing Will Destroy It” is a bit dramatic. Cloud computing won’t be destroyed by romanticizing it. His point is that he believes cloud computing is ill-defined and that it is practically the same thing and holds the same promise as grid computing, utility computing, and SaaS. Will it help the economy or decrease global warming? His questions are simply intended to make us all think.
whurley invites everyone to participate in cloud computing’s definition. Jump on the cloud and give your two cents. The fact that whurley has joined the fray makes me happy. It’s going to make the journey not only much more enlightening, but a lot more fun.
(Disclaimer: whurley makes me write his name with no caps, even when it’s at the beginning of a sentence…)