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The cloud is just other people’s computers

When you read the word “cloud” you should just mentally strike it out and insert “other people’s computers.” For example, AWS has a page titled, What is cloud computing? with the following definition:

Cloud computing is the on-demand delivery of compute power, database storage, applications, and other IT resources through a cloud services platform via the internet with pay-as-you-go pricing.

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This should be rewritten as:

Cloud computing is the on-demand delivery of compute power, database storage, applications, and other IT resources through a cloud services platform other people’s computers via the internet with pay-as-you-go pricing.

The value of the “cloud” doesn’t come out of the idea of using other people’s computers, though. The real value is from the tooling built into a given cloud platform. We don’t get much benefit just from using other people’s computers. But if we can use other people’s computers only when we need them, that’s valuable. That’s how a company can meet demand elastically. It’s how they can keep their site up for all the shoppers on Black Friday without spending millions the rest of the year for infrastructure that is sitting idle.

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