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How to Govern from the Cloud (and how to live under a Cloud)

- April 19, 2010 - 0 Comments

When we talk about the impact of Cloud Computing we shouldn’t forget what it’s named after, although I’ve always thought “water vapor” and not “ash.”

I’m sure by now you’ve probably heard or seen the pictures on the news of the volcanic eruption in Iceland affecting global commerce and air travel, especially in Europe. Cisco has been affected in multiple ways, including employees stranded and meetings cancelled. Over the last few days I’ve been contacted by friends and colleagues unexpectedly unable to return home from various places around the world. While the Icelandic ash grounds the planes we’re also seeing a huge spike in demand for some cloud based collaboration tools – such as Webex and TelePresence, all the while increasing the load on the Internet.

At Cisco we certainly appreciate the uptick in interest in collaboration and cloud networking tools let’s hope that it’ll be driven by greater interest in Earth Day 2010 and not a natural disaster next time.

One particular example that I found to be a compelling use of cloud technology during the disruptions came last Friday. The Prime Minister of Norway, Jens Stoltenberg, was stuck at Kennedy Airport in New York – this article shows Mr. Stoltenberg governing from the Cloud (as in Cloud Computing)! My guess is that he didn’t have to wait in line for his iPad, either.

How’s that for cloud computing going mainstream?

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