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Citrix CTO Simon Crosby: Getting (you) to Cloud


I had a fascinating conversation a few weeks ago with Frank Gillett of Forrester Research, who has taken a counter-culture approach to analyzing the adoption of cloud computing. He is watching the growth of what he calls the "Personal Cloud": Our adoption as individual consumers of cloud computing is transforming both clouds and our personal lives. Very different, of course, to the frequently discussed Enterprise adoption of IaaS, but strangely relevant too – since I am convinced that one of the barriers to adoption of cloud based services by the enterprise is the lack of familiarity of the IT personnel with what various cloud offerings can do to transform the workplace, and interesting also because many of the personal cloud service providers run their service on AWS. Indeed VMware positions AWS as a "consumer cloud" vendor, presumably also to imply that AWS is not fit for enterprise use. (When I mentioned this to Werner Vogels he was quite happy with it, pointing out that the last time he’d checked, every one of us was a consumer!)

The basic argument behind the adoption of personal cloud computing is pretty simple: we increasingly use web based services to avoid personal IT challenges. Who hasn’t been frustrated trying to help their parents debug a sick PC over the phone? I solved that problem long ago using GoToAssist Express which gives me full control and instrumentation of the frequently virus infested PCs of my distant family members. One of the coolest things about GoToAssist is that I can push an app to a remote machine to install it, then reboot and then simply continue my "fixing" once it comes back up – the session survives reboot.

To learn more and to read the entire article at its source, please refer to the following page, Getting (you) to Cloud- The Citrix Blogs

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