Bill Gates Caves In To The Cloud?

Bill Gates Caves In to the Cloud?

Apparently, even Bill Gates battled his own personal Bogeyman.

A new article penned by Austin Edwards, aka “The Motley Fool,” alleges that the technological legend was forced into an early retirement by a fear of the then unknown and upcoming “cloud.” Apparently Mr. Gates had sent a foreboding message to the top flight members of his company, alerting them to a “disruptive wave [which was] about to wash over the entire world, forever changing the way we get information and do business.” To save face, Gates would never publicly name the cloud as this “wave” and foe that even his particular genius could not hold off.

But it doesn’t require Mr. Gates’ brilliance to identify cloud computing as the new tech vogue with the vroom to endure. Its reach has already crept into how the general public interacts with the Internet, and has even influenced how people communicate with one another within the Web. In his article, the Motley Fools expands his argument by comparing this boom in cloud computing to the advent of electricity.

Everyone can simply ‘tap into’ the cloud,” he believes, in order to access a gamut of tools and resources that sustain businesses and personal lives both on and away from our computers. “[Just] like [with] electricity,” the cloud is becoming an “enormous” industry.

But “enormous” doesn’t equal invincible. Gates’ Microsoft continues to rank as a vanguard within the cloud, having shape-shifted as an strategy of adaptation to modernity, or of survival in futurity. A bevy of well-advertised products, including Microsoft 365, Windows Azure, and the management- and security-specific Windows Intune, trends well with consumers. Not to mention the brand-name appeal: people are just more likely to buy a cloud product with Gates’ stamp prominent.

The thorny riskiness inherent to the cloud also continues to lodge itself deeper in the technology’s side. Should a cloud company suffer a power outage, organizations involved with it ache in turn. Such a threat will always prevent cloud computing from maximizing its potential to trounce Microsoft and other such juggernauts.

In actuality, the cloud is slowly but surely threatening substantial upheaval to another big hitter: the corporate world. Jobs centered on internal IT development within this sector are on the fence, with cloud computing brandishing an ax not far away. Up to half a year is required to develop a new corporate server; in the cloud, that time shrinks to mere hours. Plus, the cloud is also reducing the need for copious staff to maintain the groundwork once in place.

Perhaps the cloud never truly played the role of Gates’ Bogeyman; it was too busy consternating corporate America.

By Jeff Norman

About Jeff Norman

Jeff Norman is a freelance writer currently based in New York City. He's moved into writing about cloud computing from substantial work in culture and the arts. He earned his undergraduate degree in English at Stanford and has studied at Oxford and Cambridge.

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