Larry Ellison on “Cloud Computing”

Via SwissInfo:

“The computer industry is the only industry that is more fashion-driven than women’s fashion,” Oracle founder Larry Ellison commented on cloud computing recently. “Maybe I’m an idiot, but I have no idea what anyone is talking about. What is it? It’s complete gibberish. It’s insane.”

I think there’s more to it than just gibberish – stuff like Google Apps is a great and usable example, however it’s true everyone is jumping on this and my mailbox is absolutely blown out with “cloud computing this” and “cloud computing that”. Half of it is in fact pure gibberish.

Not surprising, Stallman hates it:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2008/sep/29/cloud.computing.richard.stallman

He makes some good points about why you should be wary. I think what you should take away from his comments is that if you are thinking of using cloud computing, go in with your eyes open (as opposed to it’s just plain “stupid”).

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