The Lighter Side Of The Cloud: Uh-Oh!
The Lighter Side Of The Cloud – Elastic Clouds
The Lighter Side Of The Cloud – The Dinosaur

Six Facts That Surprised Me About Cloud Computing

Six Facts that Surprised me about Cloud Computing

In the course of my illustrious writing career, I have come across new and entertaining topics that I would have otherwise never cared to learn. For example did you know computers were called electronic brains in the 1950s? Of course knowing what we know now about the electronic brains’ memory capacities of the 1950s, it makes me wonder if all the asbestos lined schools and DDT neighborhood spray play dates were a reason for such a slow start in advancements of this electronic brain? Yet, the slang of the 1950s for computers is not what this article is about. No, instead, I decided since I am going to be writing more about the cloud network I should read up on as much as I can. Yet, after starting my research I realized that I know remarkably little about this computing concept. So I figured we should have a little one on one time because I now feel it is my job to enlighten as many as I can on this foreign concept with a few facts that surprised me, but may help us understand the true vision of the cloud.

*Now for full disclosure I only had time to work off one article and I have not read the entire article yet. There might have been a Doctor Who marathon, and now I am scrambling. At least I got like the first couple paragraphs read, but my deadline is coming up, so I am just trying to get this done fast. So I am going to write this part first and read the rest as I go.

1. The Actual Name

When I started reading this article on the cloud, I was surprised to learn it has a longer name than just the cloud. This took me off guard because with the popularity and global use of the cloud computing you would think some annoying know it all teenager or ironic hipster would have said something in a meme, but alas. So are we all sitting at the edges of our desk chairs screaming to the heavens to let me tell you the cloud’s official name? Is the tension too much for you? Well calm down, it is not that earth shattering, actually when I read it I was disappointed. The cloud’s official name is Cloud Strife, which begs the question, was the creator of the cloud a bitter man towards this machine with a name like Strife. Regardless, here on out I am just going to be calling this machine Cloud Strife for the rest of the article so we can get use to this name.

2. Cloud Strife Creation

Did you know Cloud Strife was created on August 11th, 1986 in the city of Nibelheim? Now I am not too good with geography, but that might be in Germany, or Mongolia, or possibly Ecuador? So, I did look on Google Maps to try and find this place, but nothing came up. I am just going to guess it was a city, but it was renamed like Istanbul was Constantinople now it is Istanbul, not Constantinople (have fun getting that song out of your head). Who cares though, this is not a geography article. On a further note, I am wondering why this technology was invented before the internet was being used, but no one can tell me if a chicken or the egg came first, so I am going to go with it since I only have an hour before I get an angry email from my editor.

3. Physical Appearance?

Yeah I know this took me off guard to. I guess there must be some company that owns the concept of the cloud machine and made it, so all of the machines look the same. Of course, never considered the cloud to have a form in the first place, but then again, there has to be some hardware somewhere. So the cloud has a physical form, but hold on that is not even the strangest part. After reading what I read about the machine I am kind of surprised by the design choice. Apparently every Cloud Strife is exactly five feet seven inches tall with yellow colored spikes on the head of the machine and wrapped in flowing black cloth material. So in older models the spikes were quite extravagant, but they toned down the spikes with the newer models. My question is, are the spikes on top of Cloud Strife a designers choice or do they serve a purpose with storage?

4. Strict Program Compatibility

So apparently Cloud Strife is only compatible with some software plugins called Tifa. Apparently this program works with Cloud Strife exclusively and helps with recovery tasks. On a side note, Tifa is part of the group called Avalanche, which, fun fact, I found out makes video games.

5. Security

This has got to be the strangest concept of the entire computing system. Cloud Strife has a security system that looks like a giant broken sword wrapped. I mean I get it, you got to look intimidating because you are holding a lot of private information for people, but since this is news to me how is this relevant? Now maybe I am not as tech savvy as the programmers who created this network, but what is the deal with the design choices of this machine? With all these weird design choices, I am starting to think the creator of Cloud Strife must have had a kid who went to art school who is really disappointed in their child. Maybe the child was once a promising architect, but he or she abandoned that life to be an experimental artist and their work too extreme for the general public to view. So the creator of Cloud Strife just let his child designed the cloud because their spouse told them to, and so their child could make some money. The problem is the child designed it from some strange fever dream. I mean instead of a giant sword shape security system, could the creator just have installed Norton’s firewall or something similar?

6. The Operating System

Okay, okay, we got something here. I am finally caught up to the article, and it says Cloud Strife operates under a program called Final Fantasy VII… Wait a minute why does that name sound familiar. . .

Ummm, so I might have made a mistake. Well no worries if you just click here you can read more about cloud computing.

By Chris Kenealy

Chris Kenealy

Chris Kenealy is a 26 year old graduate of Georgia State University, and he is a professional freelance writer for both online and print content. Known for his written work with local non-profit organizations and his highly sarcastic jorunalism ;) work on pop culture he is happy letting his writing make others laugh, think, or both. Chris is also currently a freelance writer for CloudTweaks.

2 Responses to Six Facts That Surprised Me About Cloud Computing

  1. Well I was least aware of cloud technology that really made me feel bad so I started learning about it as a total lyman. Google made me landed on this page yes this helped alot and thanks for sharing the post.

Support

Recent

Beyond Gaming: Three Practical Applications For Oculus Rift

Beyond Gaming: Three Practical Applications For Oculus Rift

Three Practical Applications For Oculus Rift  Since the announcement of the Oculus Rift in 2012 gamers and game developers alike have been frenzied trying to both get their hands on the unit or build their own proprietary VR machine. The VR gold rush has since lead to the announcement of Project Morpheus from Sony and…

The Lighter Side Of The Cloud – Due Diligence

The Lighter Side Of The Cloud – Due Diligence

By David Fletcher Please support our comics by sharing, licensing or visiting our cloud sponsors (Below). Your support goes a long way in allowing us to continue to produce our lighthearted comics each week.   About Latest Posts Chris KenealyChris Kenealy is a 26 year old graduate of Georgia State University, and he is a…

Popular

PaaS vs Docker – why is it such a heated debate?

PaaS vs Docker – why is it such a heated debate?

PaaS vs Docker Docker started as just a software container on top of a Linux operating system which seemed like a simple optimization for a fat hypervisor. Its disruptive force however comes from the fact that it does force us to rethink many of the layers of the cloud stack. Starting from the way we…

Cloud Computing and Social Networks

Cloud Computing and Social Networks

Pushing Innovation With Social Networks There was a time when storage space was a precious commodity. A few videos and photographs and the system would be gasping for breath in old PCs’ limited storage space. 10 Years ago, today’s top social networking sites would have broken down under the burden of the heavily visual traffic…

The History Of Back-Ups

The History Of Back-Ups

The History of Back-Ups There’s no doubt about it – we are spoilt. With external hard-drives, CDs, USB memory sticks, SD cards, online storage and multiple devices with vast memories we can save, access and back up our data more easily and more efficiently than ever before. (Image Source: Maxim Yurin, SoftLogica)  It’s not always been…

4 Different Types of Attacks – Understanding the “Insider Threat”

4 Different Types of Attacks – Understanding the “Insider Threat”

Understanding the “Insider Threat”  The revelations that last month’s Sony hack was likely caused by a disgruntled former employee have put a renewed spotlight on the insider threat. The insider threat first received attention after Edward Snowden began to release all sorts of confidential information regarding national security. While many called him a hero, what…

Why Hybrid Cloud Delivers Better Business Agility

Why Hybrid Cloud Delivers Better Business Agility

Why Hybrid Cloud Delivers Better Business Agility A CIO friend of mine once told me that a hybrid cloud model enables him to “own the base, rent the spike” when it comes to unplanned events. Let’s face it – maintaining unused infrastructure for rare or random IT events is expensive and unnecessary in a cloud…

Sponsored Posts

The Value of Hybrid Cloud

The Value of Hybrid Cloud

The Value of Hybrid Cloud As the “cloud” continues to exert its dominance as the IT technology of the day, the question for many companies focuses on what type of cloud to choose: public, private, or a combination of the two, known as hybrid. Each has its advantages. Private cloud – owned and maintained by…

Cloud Logo Sponsors

hp Logo CityCloud-PoweredByOpenstack-Bluesquare_logo_100x100-01
cisco_logo_100x100 vmware citrix100
Site 24x7


Contributor Spotlight

Established in 2009, CloudTweaks is recognized as one of the leading influencers in cloud computing, big data and internet of things (IoT) information. Our goal is to continue to build our growing information portal, by providing the best in-depth articles, interviews, event listings, whitepapers, infographics and much more.

Branded Content Programs

Advertising