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28 Oct 2011

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Friday’s Food for Thought: The Answer is My Friend is Blowing in the Clouds

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Welcome to the Friday’s Food for Thought post from got geoint? We hope everyone had a highly productive post-GEOINT 2011 week. Speaking of the symposium, many were talking about how the migration to the cloud will ultimately lead to IT costs savings for the Intelligence Community. And, let’s not forget that “GEOINT on Demand” is very much based on cloud-based applications. So, for this weeks’ FFFT post we are going to explore al things regarding the cloud. So strap on your boots as we take a ride in the clouds.

History of Cloud Computing
The underlying concept of cloud computing dates back to the 1960s, when John McCarthy opined that “computation may someday be organized as a public utility.” Almost all the modern-day characteristics of cloud computing (elastic provision, provided as a utility, online, illusion of infinite supply), the comparison to the electricity industry and the use of public, private, government, and community forms, were thoroughly explored in Douglas Parkhill’s 1966 book, The Challenge of the Computer Utility. Other scholars have shown that cloud computing’s roots go all the way back to the 1950s when scientist Herb Grosch (the author of Grosch’s law) postulated that the entire world would operate on dumb terminals powered by about 15 large data centers. Check out more from Wikipedia here.

What Are Clouds?
Not to drop a little elementary school education on you all but, in case you didn’t know clouds are tiny drops of condensing clear water vapor and/or ice crystals that settle on dust particles in the atmosphere. Clouds can be many different shapes and sizes. Some clouds are big and puffy on warm days, and other clouds bring precipitation, such as rain, hail, snow, sleet, and freezing rain.

Seattle Once Had 41 Cloudy Days in a Row
Can you imagine not seeing the sun for more that a month? It has happened in Seattle. In fact, the city known for coffee and Eddie Vedder once had 41 cloudy days in a row. Yikes.

Citrix Owns the Cloud.com URL
Remember back in the 1990s when some made a solid living off of buying up URLs and then selling them to major brands? If you secured Coke.com before Coca Cola Corporation did, then you were most likely in for a good payday. Though who was smart enough to buy cloud.com? Well, funny you should ask. There’s a company called Cloud.com – now owned by Citrix – that provides, well you guest it, cloud computing solutions. Check out more here.

Wilco’s Sky Blue Sky
We could have easily gone with The Rolling Stone’s “Get Off My Cloud,” which is a great song by the way, as this week’s music video. Though we decided to go with Wilco’s “Sky Blue Sky.” Why? It’s simply a wonderful tune. We hope you enjoy and happy Friday!

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