Cloud vs. Virtual

Terms drive the market and the web. The Social Meme of Cloud came straight out of a meeting slide deck in the 80’s.  Anything us system types didn’t want to talk about regarding the system was “in the cloud” and it gave us an out from discussing such foreign concepts as Web, Wan, etc. at the time.

Virtual has also become an obscure term. This can mean anything from not real to lifelike. Also virtual means in the Cloud.

We think that Cloud has become such a strong meme that it will overtake the term virtual in that context. Unfortunately the Cloud Meme, while it seems to soothe some about having an internet connection and sparks a desire to have things “in the cloud”. It really is just the herd turning to a large degree. Look out for the virtual cliff as they continue to charge to the cloud.

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