This sounds more like a Virtual Private Network. If all the data is onJim said:Not really. In may last job, I was located in Arizona. My data was in
California, Colorado, North Carolina, and New York. Some applications
were local to my machine. Others were also on the remote servers.
Whether it is the data or the applications are being made available from
remote computers makes little difference. All of the servers work
together to make data and application computing transparently mobile.
Cloud computing is Internet-based computing, whereby shared resources,
software, and information are provided to computers and other devices
on demand, like the electricity grid.
The question asked was "What are some advantages to clouds?" The
advantages include the things that I mentioned, including the two points
that dealt specifically with data storage. Instantaneous backups at
multiple locations, and data available virtually anywhere.
physical storage devices owned by the company running over the Internet as
VPN tunnels -- it's not a "cloud" (OK call it an internal cloud). I was
doing this 10 years ago, before "cloud" became the latest, greatest
My definition of "cloud" storage involves giving up control of your data to
a third party Internet provided (with or without a VPN). You may not even
know what country hosts your data. That's why my original comments apply.
You can have all the contractual legalease you want, but if the company
sells out or the country wants to snoop, you actually have no recourse and
may not even be able to retrieve YOUR data.
Your reference to the electricity grid highlights the shared/who really owns
question. Who really owns and runs the Internet? That's the rub.
My couple of pennies worth......