SAPPHIRE NOW Orlando 2013 will be my 4th year as Social Ambassador. Time for some introspection and re-evaluation. E.g. How would a diplomatic Cloud behave? And how would you be able to tell a diplomatic from a non-diplomatic Cloud? I asked Fred McCloud, our in-house, above-house, on-premise, off-premise, hybrid, private, public, local & global expert (one needs to get the titles right in the diplomatic world):
Schalk: How can you tell if a Cloud is diplomatic?
Fred: It rains equally on all
Schalk: Are Clouds for big or small companies?
Fred: I would never call a company ‘big’ or ‘small’ except if they see themselves as such. E.g. “does my company look Big in this Cloud?” a minefield question. Rather avoid and treat all equally, e.g. standard response “your company looks fabulous in the Cloud”.
Schalk: Private or Public?
Fred: Never ask for details, except if the information is offered. And make sure that no paparazzi is close by.
Schalk: PaaS or SaaS?
Fred: What is in a name? Encourage adoption but don’t get too involved with the naming.
Schalk: Define Cloud Computing?
Fred: Renting applications or taking your applications and running them on infrastructure other than your own. Always make sure that you take precautions and play safe.
Schalk: Where will the in-Clouds hang out this Spring?
Fred: In Orlando of course, at SAPPHIRE NOW.
Schalk: What is the dress code?
Fred: Be cool, but never wet. Stay awesome.
Schalk: Will you be there?
Fred: Of course! I hang only with the best (and most innovative) companies
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