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How The Power To Say Yes IS Changing the Way Lots of Us Work – Already

- September 17, 2010 - 0 Comments

Taking a slight diversion from my previous writing on cloud computing, one of my colleagues in the Cisco Services team described her view on cloud (thanks Susan!), which is very worthwhile sharing.  As she describes below, Susan outlines some of the challenges of working life, suggesting to me that not only cloud, but also Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, would – indeed are – revolutionizing her working life today, reinforcing the Power To Say Yes.

 

“For quite some time now, I’ve been dreaming about clouds, which, frankly, is no surprise.  I have special request of my cloud expert friends: Build me a personal cloud.  Here’s why…..”

Taking a slight diversion from my previous writing on cloud computing, one of my colleagues in the Cisco Services organization described her view on cloud (thanks Susan!), which is very worthwhile sharing.  As she describes below, Susan outlines some of the challenges of working life, suggesting to me that not only cloud, but also Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, would – indeed are – revolutionizing her working life today, reinforcing the Power To Say Yes.

“For quite some time now, I’ve been dreaming about clouds, which, frankly, is no surprise.  For the past two years, I’ve been thinking, reading, and writing about cloud computing—what it is, what it promises users and businesses alike, and, most recently, what you need to think about in assessing, building, and deploying a cloud model for your organization. 

Over the course of this personal cloud journey, the goal was to become a marketing communications subject matter expert (SME) for cloud computing and cloud enablement services for enterprises, governments, and service providers. 

Luckily for me, I work for Cisco where discussions around cloud computing touch every part of the organization, and I have access to true experts who graciously and knowledgeably guide me through various cloud topics.  Now trust, control, visibility, security, governance, infrastructure as a service, and service delivery in private, public, and hybrid clouds with cloud inter-networking as the journey’s destination feel as familiar as my own simple home address.

And after all this work to become a SME, I have special request of my cloud expert friends: Build me a personal cloud.  Here’s why.

I live in San Francisco, and, for the past twenty years, I have commuted to Silicon Valley for work.  Especially during my era of children, getting off to work was a harried affair.  No matter how much I planned, made lists, or did a pre-launch check, I forgot something I needed.

 It was the file I worked on late at night on my personal computer that I had failed to back up.  Or the email with the file never arrived in morning at work; it was stuck in some bandwidth-constrained mailbox—there but tantalizingly out of reach.  Or I did not have enough compute power on my laptop to rev the slide graphics.  Or I didn’t  have the right application version.   And, on top of that, I had to drag the phone and laptop everywhere to be secure and ready for anything—even to business dinners and occasionally on vacation. 

My life only began to change slightly thanks to one of the first cloud revolutions—meetings over the web, or Cisco WebEx. Now I could meet virtually over any computer or phone and keep my work in a shared, secured space.  It’s as if Cisco’s WebEx had given me the first taste of cloud convenience

And what is cloud convenience?  For the first time in my computing life, I will not be responsible for carrying myriad devices everywhere and for making something like a PC operating system work.  I will have my personal cloud with my files and work, built like a custom house, with my specifications and needs provided for and automated in the context of my organization’s requirements, mandates, and best practices with enterprise backup and disaster recovery available—without me worrying about it.  I will use a simplified dashboard where ordering up a service is as easy as ordering up your favorite ice cream sundae combination.  I will whiz through a graphic-intensive presentation with computing power on demand for that needed surge toward the finishing line.  I will select from among a wide variety of secure services, I can request  and receive more of what I need rapidly and securely, and I can be thrifty since the cloud pay-per-use model let’s me monitor my usage costs.

And the biggest advantage: no worries. 

Remember those Cisco friends with cloud networking and security prowess.  They really are experts at cloud strategies, planning and design, and implementation.  So if you see me with a personal cloud hovering over my head, or even just a personal space within a private or public cloud, they enabled it faster, better, and more securely than even my wildest dreams.”

 

So …. in conclusion …. we see here a few the problems of commuting to work, and working at home.  Very clearly, cloud, virtual desktop and other innovations, give us the Power To Say Yes.

 

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