Cloud computing is coming to China; starting with Wuxi. Cloud computing is a new way where users can gain access to their applications and data from anywhere through their connected computers. The user need not know whether the application is on their computer or a computer elsewhere. In fact in true cloud computing, the applications and the data are kept in a cloud – typically a massively-scalable data center – and loaded and downloaded as need be.
There are near-zero incremental management costs when more IT resources are added to the cloud.
Sadly, there is always the danger of crashing and losing all of the data. And despite protestations to the contrary, it has already happened. Nokia managed to lose a full three weeks of user data on its Ovi service. It looked for a time as if everything was permanently wiped but much has now been recovered. Nokia blames a cooler that stopped working in its hosting center, which caused a service interruption for several hours. Yes, it was in beta service and, yes, despite earlier dark forecasts, much of the data has been recovered. But it clearly shows one of the major dangers of Cloud computing. Total back-up is essential.
The IBM High Performance On Demand Solutions (HiPODS) section has been working with the Government of Wuxi, to find the best way of running data centers with workloads ranging from web 2.0 applications to transaction processing systems.
My Plick says that IBM seems happy its process is fully automatic and that such a crash cannot happen again. It is an interesting concept and seen by many as the way forward for computers. Not just in Wuxi. The world.