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The Great Enabler of Cloud Technology

Most technologies aren’t really “tools,” as many people call them. They’re “enablers.” Let’s take the Internet, for example. The Internet doesn’t do anything by itself. It’s what’s connected to it—what you do with it—that makes it powerful.
In that same way, the cloud is really an enabler. The cloud itself has no value. It’s what you do with the cloud that makes it valuable. As I like to say, “It’s not the tool that matters; it's how you use it.”

 The cloud, which refers to companies using remote servers that store data and allow users to access information from anywhere, takes three different evolutionary forms. Most of us first started using a public cloud provided by companies such as Microsoft, Google, or Apple, where we stored documents remotely on their servers, or we used a cloud service like Flickr to store and share photos.
The private cloud soon followed when companies wanted to provide employees secure access to company files from any device anywhere. Since it’s private, the public does not have access and security is easier to enable. Midsize and large companies have been rapidly establishing private clouds for several years now.
It didn’t take long to see the private/public cloud emerge—also called a hybrid cloud. In this configuration, you have a private part of your corporate cloud that is secure and only accessible by employees, and you have a part of the cloud that is public where strategic partners, vendors, and customers can access limited content.
All three types of clouds are growing and thriving rapidly. And all three enable us to produce massive amounts of data. In fact, just imagine all the data we get from social websites, such as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc. Then you have all of the additives being connected and brought in by sensors that are embedded. For example, today there are sensors embedded in concrete in bridges so we know when the cement is cracking, not to mention sensors that are embedded on product shelves. In other words, we have massive amounts of data coming in all the time—from websites, smart phone, embedded sensors, video, etc. which is creating a tsunami of data that offers key insights, as well as the ability to identify problems in new and powerful ways.

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