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What is the ‘cloud’? Take a video tour of Microsoft data centers

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What is the ‘cloud’? Take a video tour of Microsoft data centers

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Just what is this “cloud” everyone has all of a sudden started talking about? “Cloud” this, “cloud” that; “cloud computing,” “cloud services.” Companies are hosting music “in the cloud.” People can save documents “to the cloud.”
Put simply, the “cloud” is the amorphous “place” where your Facebook photos are stored or your Hotmail emails live. In extremely general terms, “cloud” can be synonymous with “the Internet.”
Because the “cloud” actually is an enormous, complex network of computer servers located inside giant, (often) state-of-the-art, warehouse-style buildings called data centers. And they’re often located in areas where electricity is cheap – like in Quincy, Wash., which is home to many company data centers, including two of Microsoft’s, because it’s so close to Grand Coulee Dam.
Microsoft recently posted a video tour of several data centers where the company stores the data and software for services like Hotmail, Bing, Xbox Live, Windows Live SkyDrive, Exchange and Office 365. You can watch the embedded video below

10MIN Video.........http://blog.seattlepi.com/microsoft/2011/08/05/what-is-the-cloud-take-a-video-tour-of-microsoft-data-centers/
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Re: What is the ‘cloud’? Take a video tour of Microsoft data centers

As I understood it, cloud services were supposed to be similar to a cluster network with the exception that processes could run across several machines dynamically - EG a virtual computer spread across many machines. Seeing as everyone has a different understanding of it though i'm probably wrong.
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Re: What is the ‘cloud’? Take a video tour of Microsoft data centers

all the cloud means is that my data sits on a server someone else owns and whose rules i have to follow.  data sitting on my own storage media is easier to protect, so there it stays.
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Re: What is the ‘cloud’? Take a video tour of Microsoft data centers

Cloud computing is just a fancy new name for a rather old idea. In the 1960s and 1970s it was called 'time-sharing'. Obviously cloud computing incorporates some newer concepts and technology, but it is still essentially just a time-sharing system. The cloud concept is cheaper, more flexible, more functional in some technical areas, and also probably easier to use in some ways too - but that is as a result of massive advances in computing technology over the decades rather than something special about the cloud computing concept.
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Re: What is the ‘cloud’? Take a video tour of Microsoft data centers

Thanks steve, interesting.
I've a couple of 5 tb NAS drives small devices 'bout half the size of a shoebox. I just cannot envisage how much data could be stored in 10 football pitches.
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Re: What is the ‘cloud’? Take a video tour of Microsoft data centers

That's a lot of Bing...Ing journeys Grin  I found It quite Interesting too, And seems to be well looked after, I bet there's quite a few jobs going there, Even as a cleaner!!