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Cloud Market Finds A Home In Michigan County
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Charlie Babcock
Charlie Babcock,
User Rank: Author
6/5/2015 | 3:09:18 PM
How about more G2C, government to citizen, cloud services?
The cloud is a natural platform for shared government services, if someone like Phil Bertolini can figure out how to put them there. In this case it's government to government, but many more citizen services could be distributed through the cloud. It's ridiculous to make people stand in line so long to renew a passport, mail a package at the Posit Office or change an auto registration at the DMV -- for those routine paperwork functions.
Curt Franklin
Curt Franklin,
User Rank: Strategist
6/4/2015 | 1:43:29 PM
Re: Cloud != Hosting
@mi_native_nutt, defining "cloud" has been fun since the first time the term made its appearance. Most of the definitions I've heard say that it's essentially the same thing as mid-70s mainframe time-share services -- just accessed via the Internet rather than leased lines.

I think you really have to get into concepts of machine abstraction and where the abstraction layers exist to get to a distinct definition for "cloud" -- but that involves a far more detailed conversation than most people want to start!
User Rank: Apprentice
6/3/2015 | 9:06:00 PM
Cloud != Hosting
"What is the cloud, really? It's a platform for delivering shared services". No. that is just hosting.

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