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Arjun Shastry
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This is suposed to be the next 'big thing'. What I understand about it is renting out the computers to client so that he can use/run applications on it .Is this technology still nascent or not so successful?
GNU founder Richard Stallman says cloud computing is a trap which will force people to buy proprietary systems.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2008/sep/29/cloud.computing.richard.stallman
What do you think?


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I use Amazon S3 for weekly backups (see this article) totalling several hundred MB.

I have experimented with putting bulky resources in S3 also (see this article) and this example on my website.

Amazon charges are running under one dollar a month.

Personally I think Richard Stallman spouts a lot of drivel - no proprietary software need be involved.

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William Brogden wrote:(see this article)


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ARG! Those tricky @#$%^&! at techtarget changed the system that serves these articles.

Well that is really annoying and I apologize. It appears to have started rather recently.

I guess they are trying to squeeze email contacts for advertising out of this membership signup thing like so many other online services in the current downturn. Since they pay me for articles I really can't reproduce them on my own site.

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I don't trust the cloud, at least not yet. That's not to say I'm not interested in it, so Slashdot has a discussion today about a study by UC Berkeley on Obsticles facing Cloud Computing. The study outlines ten obstacles:
1 Availability of Service
2 Data Lock-In
3 Data Confidentiality and Auditability
4 Data Transfer Bottlenecks
5 Performance Unpredictability
6 Scalable Storage
7 Bugs in Large Distributed Systems
8 Scaling Quickly
9 Reputation Fate Sharing
10 Software Licensing

This comment gets at my big problem with the cloud:
I'm surprised they don't mention my biggest pet peeve with cloud services: lack of operational transparency. . . It's a big black box and you're just supposed to trust [it]
 
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