A few weeks ago I confessed “This is How I Feel Every Time I Talk With Any Vendor. Ever.” It’s true, wether or not the vendor’s concept of a cloud is legitimate. However, it doesn’t take too many encounters with vendors to come to the conclusion that some of them assume anything with a network connection is a cloud.
WebDAV API? CLOUD API! Virtual private server on OpenVZ? Cloud server! FTP server? Cloud endpoint! Raspberry Pi with a USB hard drive and ports forwarded on your home D-Link router?? Cloud storage!!
Seriously, you can put a NIC on a hard drive and call it the Western Digital MyCloud. What once was SaaS, hosted services, or even an ASP are now called “cloud-something.” Then again, can anyone be blamed when the term “cloud” is itself nebulous (see what I did there?), broad, and easy to use and turn into a cool logo?
Cloud is okay if you know what you’re getting into, but just say no to “cloud.”