I don’t care-as-a-Service

Written by Ingmar Verheij on November 15th, 2015. Posted in Cloud, Geen categorie

I dont care as-a-serviceAfter many years of making fuzz about Cloud, it’s happening. Cloud is hotter than ever and companies are now seriously considering to change their strategy. Some choose a “Cloud where possible” strategy where others go for a “Cloud unless” approach.

So what is it that makes companies are so focussed on Cloud (after the industry hyped this for many years)? IMHO there’s a very simple reason: they don’t care about technology because they don’t want to care.

And you know what? It makes sense. Companies run a business, they provide services to their customers. They’re not an IT shop, they need IT to drive their business. This is a fundamental statement I’ve heard throughout my entire career told by every customer.

Companies don’t care how IT does it, it just needs to work. They need a service.

And there you go, there’s the one reason companies are moving to “Cloud”. Or better, they’re consuming services from other companies that specialised in that service. IT departments had their chance, for many years, to help businesses. They failed, miserably, over and over again.

My files in “the cloud” with Dropbox

Written by Ingmar Verheij on June 30th, 2010. Posted in Cloud

Recently some unfortunate events happened which made me think about the safety of my files.

So what happened? Well, because I’m using both my laptop as my home PC the documents needed to be on both. And they needed to be consistend and safe, of course. So I created a rather complex solution where a local USB disk made a backup of my laptop and a NAS at home that synced the laptop and desktop. This resulted in a situation where I had 4 locations with the same files… Oops.

The unfortunate events that got me thinking were:
a) It took a while to sync all the data to the NAS through Wi-Fi;
b) The NAS got broken (after 6 months…);
c) Installing XenClient resulted in an empty laptop,

There had to be a better way, something less complex. After hearing all the buzz about “the cloud” I figured this might be a solution, why not putting my data “in the cloud”? After some research (and experimenting) I ended up with Dropbox.