What's the benefit of the cloud?

Given that most people don’t know what the cloud is, I guess we shouldn’t be surprised that most people can’t articulate the benefits of cloud computing clearly. I commonly hear “Scalability!” “Easy provisioning!” “Flexibility!” and so on. Of course, all of these are benefits you can get without the cloud. Theo says it pretty well, so I won’t belabor that point.

What do you think are the benefits of cloud computing?

In the end I can think of only one really unique benefit, and it’s indirect. It is this: the rise of cloud computing is creating a social phenomenon among engineers. The benefit isn’t the technology, or the economics, or any of that stuff. It’s the change in people’s mindset towards thinking at a higher level of abstraction. For example, thinking about resources instead of machines, and APIs instead of programs.


About The Author

Baron is the founder and CEO of VividCortex. He is the author of High Performance MySQL and many open-source tools for performance analysis, monitoring, and system administration. Baron contributes to various database communities such as Oracle, PostgreSQL, Redis and MongoDB.


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