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Podcast: Dr. Alan Sill on Grids, Clouds, and Virtualization

Dr. Alan Sills

Dr. Alan Sill

Cloud Commons has posted an interview with Dr. Alan Sill of the Open Grid Forum. Sill has been a fixture in scientific computing for over 30 years, and his perspectives on Cloud Computing are refreshing:

Cloud computing, I think, is well understood by most people who apply it to be a set of technologies that allow the virtualization of actual processes or actual transactions.

Sill goes on to say that the odd thing is that cloud computing isn’t a concept you really have to explain to people who use it every day. I agree. When we do Twitter or banking online, we just see it as a service provided by wizards somewhere. The real power is the simplicity of the presentation, but some of us would rather pay attention to the man behind the curtain.

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