Quotes About Cloud Computing (And Some Background Information On Them)

Quotes About Cloud Computing (And Some Background Information On Them)

“Quotes are nothing but inspiration for the uninspired.”

When I decided to go for further studies after six years in the corporate world, two top US universities offered me a full scholarship. While I was contemplating which one to join, one of my future MBA classmates told me that Notre Dame, one of the two universities in question, enjoyed a brand recognition unsurpassed in American culture. As he put it, “half of America loves Notre Dame, half hate Notre Dame; but every American knows Notre Dame.”

There’s a reason behind this brief prelude; an attempt to show how cloud computing has come of age in that it is regularly mentioned by the important people in their conversations and speeches. Like Notre Dame, half of the IT industry may love cloud computing while half of them hate it, but 100% of them are definitely aware of its existence!

And as I mentioned, there have been quite a number of memorable quotes on this emerging technology that promises to revolutionize how computers and networks are utilized in the near future. While some of these remarks have been encouraging, there are quite a few that have been dismissive of cloud computing, and I am sure, have now left their speakers quite embarrassed.

Here’s a collection of memorable quotes on cloud computing and some interesting background information on the speakers and the contexts:

“There’s no way that company exists in a year.”

– Tom Siebel, founder of software firm Siebel Systems.

Tom Siebel was speaking about Salesforce.com, which at this moment is one of the hottest companies in the cloud computing space. Ironically, Siebel Systems, the company he founded and which had 45% of the CRM (Customer Relationship Management) market in 2002, lost market share and subsequently sold out to Oracle in 2006. Therefore, years after Thomas Siebel uttered those words, his company ceased to exist while the object of his derision is one of the movers and shakers of the IT industry.

Speaking of Oracle, here’s what Chairman Larry Ellison had to say about cloud computing:

“What is it? It’s complete gibberish. It’s insane. When is this idiocy going to stop?”

– Larry Ellison, founder of IT giant Oracle Corp.

It is no secret that initially, maverick CEO Larry Ellison was against cloud computing. Even as Google, Microsoft and Amazon stole a march with their cloud computing programs, Oracle remained silent. Finally, late last year, it decided to come to the party (See: Oracle – the latest Big Boy to join the Cloud Computing game). Not only did it embrace what it had one ridiculed, it decided to enlighten others about is as well (See:  Oracle On Cloud Computing Road Trip Around The World).

“The cloud services companies of all sizes; the cloud is for everyone. The cloud is a democracy.”

– Marc Benioff, founder of Salesforce.com.

Earlier, we mentioned the meteoric rise of Salesforce.com; you can count on the company’s founder, also the CEO and the chairman, to look at the bright side of cloud computing. And what he says it’s true. It’s by virtue of cloud computing that people across the world can access technologies and professional expertise without being constrained by budgetary and infrastructural considerations. In effect, cloud computing breaks down the entry barriers that would have been necessary in traditional IT structures.

For a look on how this is possible for companies, see Fighting Above Your Weight Class Through Cloud Computing . For a look on how this MAY be possible for education, see How Can Cloud Computing Help In Education?.

I will conclude this article with what US CIO (Chief Information Officer) Vivek Kundra said about cloud computing, specifically its similarity with utility services and cost-saving nature. Since governments are notoriously slow to adopt new technology, Kundra’s statement is an important shot in the arm.

“Just like water from the tap in your kitchen, cloud computing services can be turned on or off quickly as needed. Like at the water company, there is a team of dedicated professionals making sure the service provided is safe, secure and available on a 24/7 basis. When the tap isn’t on, not only are you saving water, but you aren’t paying for resources you don’t currently need.”

– Vivek Kundra, CIO in Obama administration.

By Sourya Biswas

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