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Lassoing a Cloud

By Steve Jones,

My kids have a book where the main character lassos a cloud and then builds a ladder to it before going off on a journey, getting a bit more than he bargained for. It's a good book for kids, and it seemed like a nice theme for the final editorial of this "Week in the Clouds."If you're interested, it's Cloud Nine by Norman Silver.

So it's Friday, and I usually run a poll on Friday to sound out how readers feel. This week I've stated I think SQL Server will move to the cloud, and given some thoughts on how that might happen, the good, the bad, and tried to paint a picture of why this is a good idea. I like the idea of abstracting things out more making them easier to connect, and moving SQL Server to the cloud wants that. So for the Friday poll:

Do you want a cloud database service?

If you want to see the other editorials, they're here: Mon, Tue, Wed, and Thur. Each has some thoughts, and there are discussions you can follow for each. Try to really think about this, and assume that we can solve, or mitigate,  some of the issues with security, pricing, and access. Also understand that a cloud doesn't mean on the Internet. It could be in your company, something people seem to forget.

I think I would like cloud services for my database, and in a combination of private (inside the company) and public (Internet) clouds that would let me deploy different applications in different places. It would give me advantages, and it would allow me to further specialize the roles of people and IT applications, something that I think allows greater synergies. I suspect it would also be a more efficient use of resources in a company as well.

I know some of you are definitely against clouds, and I'm not trying to convince you that it's a bad idea. I'd like you to really think about it, however, and think about your objections. Are they really impossible to mitigate?

So do you want to build a ladder and lasso a cloud? Is that an adventure you'd like to go on or not? Let us know and I'm curious to see if I've swayed anyone this week.

Steve Jones

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