"That Cloudamajigger Thing"

March 7, 2012

At my house, we share a single iTunes account because as much as I hate to admit it ... I listen to the same music as my 11-year-old on occasion, so why buy the same music twice? I have my iPhone setup to automatically sync via any wireless connection, so I occasionally get new apps when someone else in the house downloads something.

Last week, my 8-year-old handed me his iPod and said, "Dad, can you enter the password so I can install BloodnGuns?" No way. He went through three or four reasons that he thought he needed the game, and I just went about my business. A couple of minutes later, he hands me the iPod again and says, "Dad, can you enter the password so I can install Temple Run?" Being a much tamer game, I said I would, but (knowing my son) I followed that up by saying, "Just remember: Anything you install goes to my iPhone, too." If I entered the password for him for Temple Run, he would be authenticated and could then get BloodnGuns, so I just wanted to remind him that I was born at night, not last night.

The sneaky little guy looked up to me and grinned, "Oh yea, 'cuz of that cloudamajigger thing."

Once I finished laughing, I asked him what he meant by Cloudamajigger, and before he could answer, I told him to wait ... I wanted to document how he would describe "The Cloud." With two other kids at home, I thought it might be an interesting focus group of the way kids are learning about technology, so I made it a family project.

I asked each of them three questions and told them to email their answers to me"

  1. What is "The Cloud?"
  2. Where does "The Cloud" live?
  3. What is SoftLayer?

Here are the responses:

The 6-year-old

  1. The cloud shoots out a ball and the cloud is awesome!
  2. In the sky. It is made out of water.
  3. Where dad works, I think he makes monitors.

The 8-year-old

  1. It's a cloud in the sky and they shot a satellite in it. And they could see all the things you need to see on the internet.
  2. See number 1 (Yes, he really typed that).
  3. Where dad works, he works to make the Internet, and the Internet makes him work.

The 11-year-old

  1. It is a group of people where when you post something everyone will be able to see it.
  2. I don't know.
  3. A company.

You can see that the 11-year-old is darn close to those wonderful teenage years with that loquacious participation ... Wish me luck!

I ask these same questions of people at conferences I attend and get generally the same answers as above. We can write reams of descriptions of the cloud, but in my world, it's simply "The Cloudamajigger Thing."

How would you answer those three questions?

-@Skinman454

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March 8th, 2012 at 6:31am

Kids say the darndest things.

March 10th, 2012 at 9:01am

As parents, I would imagine you would want to tell them the truth. And that is The Cloud is simply a marketing term coined by Hosting companies out of desparation I'm order to sell consumers services they either don't need or already have. Cloud backup (online backup), Virtualization (load balancing), SAS (Webmail) are all things we've been using for a long, long time. But because it is now "The Cloud," unintelligent and uninformed consumers feel they need to get it (and pay more for it). Companies are soaking it up, migrating their mission critical data to remote locations. The problem is, that Internet connection linking their office and their data is slow & unreliable. Thus, all the money they think the saved by outsourcing their storage needs, has put them in the red due to employee inefficiency. I can't wait for 911 to go the Cloud...can you imagine when the network goes down and the can't pull up any information to respond? Sad. Bravo to the marketers, but very shameful for companies to actually push this garbage.

March 12th, 2012 at 6:32am

"I think he makes monitors" - indeed!

March 12th, 2012 at 1:07pm

"The Cloud" is a little more than what "we've been using for years". It's nebulous for certain, but it is much much more than just some hardware.

For example, if done properly with a Cloud Server if the hardware crashes/fails you can have the server back up and running in a few minutes. If the same server were hosted entirely on dedicated hardware it could be hours/days before the server is back up.

The key component to any Cloud ____ is a nebulous storage repository for the data that allows you to access the data from any(with limits in some cases) hardware node. This provides data redundancy and reliability without the overhead of extra SAN/RAID/server storage. It's not perfect to be sure, but if the difference means that you have an extra layer of loss security vs having none wouldn't it be worth it?

That being said, as a good admin, you should ALWAYS have a working backup of anything that is imperative to your (or your clients) business.

March 29th, 2012 at 2:28pm

Skinman, I'd like to know who your editor was on this post. I know for a fact the word "loquacious" is not part of your vocabulary, nor do you know how to use it correctly in a sentence. :P

March 20th, 2013 at 12:30pm

With the Cloud, anything will be accessible at anytime. It's definitely a sure fire way to ensure you can upload and handle anything you'd like for more self gratuitous purposes.

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March 8th, 2012 at 6:31am

Kids say the darndest things.

March 10th, 2012 at 9:01am

As parents, I would imagine you would want to tell them the truth. And that is The Cloud is simply a marketing term coined by Hosting companies out of desparation I'm order to sell consumers services they either don't need or already have. Cloud backup (online backup), Virtualization (load balancing), SAS (Webmail) are all things we've been using for a long, long time. But because it is now "The Cloud," unintelligent and uninformed consumers feel they need to get it (and pay more for it). Companies are soaking it up, migrating their mission critical data to remote locations. The problem is, that Internet connection linking their office and their data is slow & unreliable. Thus, all the money they think the saved by outsourcing their storage needs, has put them in the red due to employee inefficiency. I can't wait for 911 to go the Cloud...can you imagine when the network goes down and the can't pull up any information to respond? Sad. Bravo to the marketers, but very shameful for companies to actually push this garbage.

March 12th, 2012 at 6:32am

"I think he makes monitors" - indeed!

March 12th, 2012 at 1:07pm

"The Cloud" is a little more than what "we've been using for years". It's nebulous for certain, but it is much much more than just some hardware.

For example, if done properly with a Cloud Server if the hardware crashes/fails you can have the server back up and running in a few minutes. If the same server were hosted entirely on dedicated hardware it could be hours/days before the server is back up.

The key component to any Cloud ____ is a nebulous storage repository for the data that allows you to access the data from any(with limits in some cases) hardware node. This provides data redundancy and reliability without the overhead of extra SAN/RAID/server storage. It's not perfect to be sure, but if the difference means that you have an extra layer of loss security vs having none wouldn't it be worth it?

That being said, as a good admin, you should ALWAYS have a working backup of anything that is imperative to your (or your clients) business.

March 29th, 2012 at 2:28pm

Skinman, I'd like to know who your editor was on this post. I know for a fact the word "loquacious" is not part of your vocabulary, nor do you know how to use it correctly in a sentence. :P

March 20th, 2013 at 12:30pm

With the Cloud, anything will be accessible at anytime. It's definitely a sure fire way to ensure you can upload and handle anything you'd like for more self gratuitous purposes.

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