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April 22, 2013


Once upon a time there was a tool called Peep - the network auralizer. It enabled you to monitor your network status by turning it into sound. Server load was represented by the sound of rainfall, getting heavier as the load increased.

Clever post. Since so many people think cloud computing actually has something to do with the clouds in the sky, why not look for similarities and comparisons? If nothing else, clearly we know that a lot of confusion still exists regarding cloud computing.

When I worked in a large high-tech company in Paris, I was responsible for making sure that everyone in my corridor was out of the building in the event of a fire. The server room was part of my 'beat'. I was told in no uncertain terms that if I (or anybody else) was in the server room when the fire alarm went off, I was to get out as quickly as possible. One minute after the alarm activated, the door locked and all the oxygen in the room was evacuated in a couple of seconds, suffocating anyone inside. But the servers would be saved.

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