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Peter Coffee
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I wondered if a 4:55 p.m. time slot would be deadly at Cloud Expo in Santa Clara yesterday. Should not have worried: standing room only and a crowd in the hall around the doorway - http://tinyurl.com/7bnebo6
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“[M]y first statement is therefore always that ‘private cloud’ does not really exist; sharing some of the point technologies of early stage cloud platform providers (but at lower scale and without the rapid learning opportunities they have) is not the same as aggressively looking to leverage the fall in transaction costs and availability of new delivery models to radically optimise your business….

“Owning your own IT is not really a lever in unlocking the value of a business service based ecosystem but rather represents wasteful expense when the economics of IT have shifted decisively from those based on ownership to those based on access. IT platforms are now independent economy-of-scale based businesses and not something that needs to be built, managed and supported on a business-by-business basis with all of the waste, diversity, delay and cost that this entails…

“I would not accept that investing in internal enhancement would ever truly give you the benefits of cloud. For this reason I have always disliked the term ‘private cloud’.”
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We had a sudden and fatal hard-drive failure on the family-room PC; we doubled the drive space with a new drive, and while it was open also doubled the memory in the machine, all for under $100 in parts costs. Repopulated the applications almost entirely with downloads from Google, Mozilla.org, SourceForge et al.

This process was greatly aided, to be sure, by this summer's home-link upgrade to fiber: that gives us ~8x the download speed we used to have on DSL. In fact, our current download speed is about 1.7x the transfer rate of a late-1990s "12x" CD-ROM drive. Yes, it's now faster to download an app than it was to pull it off a plastic disk of frozen bits in 1996.

Finished by restoring the email archives and document/photo folders from recent backup. Not an enjoyable evening, but so so very very much much faster and easier and cheaper than this would have been, say, five years ago.
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I'm back from three days in Seattle visiting with customers, speaking to the local salesforce.com user group and doing a panel at the TechNW event of WTIA
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