Everyday Examples of a Cloud you use all the time…

People are having a very hard time wading through all the hype of “cloud computing”.  Most of the problem is because we are dealing with abstract concepts in a virtual world (ie. things happening inside a computer).   Here are a few examples of a cloud that currently exist in the physical economy.  Guess you never looked at it like this before, eh?

Home Cloud – A designer creates your home first in his mind, then on paper.  A General contractor acquires a team to build it and uses a wide variety of building products (granite, tile, wood, dry wall, etc) to complete the finished product.  They sell you the house and hand you the keys.

Car Cloud – A designer creates your car first in her mind, then on paper.  A manufacturer acquires a team to build it and uses a wide variety of products (tires, steel, rubber, plastic) to complete the finished product.  They sell you the car and hand you the keys.

Jet Cloud – A designer creates your jet first in his mind, then on paper.  A manufacturer acquires a team to build it and uses a wide variety of products (aluminum, titanium, rubber, plastic) to complete the finished product.  They sell you the jet and hand you the keys.   Oh, it’s too hard for the average Joe to fly a jet?  A service provider pops up to give you a ride.

Electricity Cloud – A designer creates your power plant first in her mind, then on paper.  A General contractor acquires a team to build it and uses a wide variety of building products (copper, silver, steel, etc) to complete the finished product.  They sell the plant to the Utility and hand over the keys.  Utility sells power to you over a wire.

Phone Cloud – A designer creates your phone first in his mind, then on paper.  A Manufacturer acquires a team to build the phone and the network to connect phones.  Then uses a wide variety of products (wires, plastic, computer chips, speakers, microphones, etc) to complete the finished product.  They sell you the phone and send you a monthly bill for the service.

Office Building Cloud – A designer creates your office building first in his mind, then on paper.  A General contractor acquires a team to build it and uses a wide variety of building products (marble, tile, wood, dry wall, etc) to complete the finished product.  They sell you the office building and hand you the keys.  Oh, if it’s too hard for the average Joe to build an office building?  A service provider pops up to rent you space in the office building that they manage and own.

Business Information Technology Cloud (aka Private Cloud) – all the computer systems that you need to operate your business.  A designer creates your IT first in his mind, then on paper.  A systems integrator (GC and/or manufacturer) acquires a team to build it and uses a wide variety of building products (generators, computers, monitors, databases, servers, etc) to complete the finished product.  They sell you the IT or Private Cloud (btw “IT” is too boring a word so we jazz it up and call it a cloud) and hand you the keys.   Oh, if it’s too hard for the average Joe to build an IT shop?  A service provider pops up to rent you space in the private cloud that they manage and own (Advance2000).  And you get to it over a wire.

Because of the advances in fiber optics, it no longer makes sense to own/operate your IT systems.  Like all manufacturing methods—the more volume you have, the lower the costs to consumers.  The higher volume you have in cloud consumers, the lower the costs.  You can grow your business faster once you look at your IT like any other asset or service you acquire.  You have to ask yourself “what business am I in”?  Today, if I said every business must build their own power plant to be successful, you would think I’m crazy.  One day it will be just as crazy to build your own IT shop in order to be successful.  And for most businesses, that day has come.  –Chris France, President Advance2000 NC

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