Configuration Systems

Paul Graydon paul at
Thu Jun 7 17:12:09 CDT 2012

On 06/07/2012 11:49 AM, valdis.kletnieks at wrote:
> On Thu, 07 Jun 2012 11:51:51 -0700, Owen DeLong said:
>> This is a hard problem to solve. Not the least of the difficulties is the fact that
>> if you ask 50 engineers to define "Cloud", you will get at least 100 definitions
>> many of which are incompatible to the point of mutually exclusive.
> "cloud" == "you rented in a colo, but have no clue where".
Only if you're talking IaaS, and that's only a very vague and not 
necessarily accurate description of that too.  When you start describing 
what cloud is you've also got to go into the realms of private clouds 
(using, for example, openstack), on your own infrastructure in your own 
datacenter.  That's before you even start delving into PaaS, SaaS 
"clouds" etc.

"Cloud" is a marketing term, not an engineering one.


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