Monday, November 30, 2009

Up, Up and Away!

I am "biting the bullet" and moving to the cloud!  After running the servers for my domain for over a decade, I am getting out of the server admin business.  Others can run more servers with more services for less than I can.  Being a server admin is not my core business anymore, nor has it been for some time, but old habits die-hard.

Running my own servers was never hard, but the email from the RAID system the other day was the last straw.  I have better things, more enjoyable things to do with my time than chase after failing equipment.  Someone else is willing to do that as well or better than I can and they will do it for less than I can.  Let me see, I can have my service and save money?  That is an easy decision.  Why did I not do this before?  Well, the cloud is "bleeding edge" stuff; I could get hurt.  I did not need to be someone’s guinea pig.  The truth is the cloud is no longer "bleeding edge."  Hosted services have been around for a long time.  We just forgot about them.

Of course, we did not call anything hosted back then, we called them service providers and later internet service providers.  CompuServe was "hosted" email, chat, dialup, etc.  It was that or connect your PC to UUCP and/or a bulletin board system and host your own.  Call me crazy; man that was fun.  There was so much to learn, so much to do.  Now I want to do other things.  I want to help people solve their business problems with appropriate information technology.

What cloud services are you using, you ask.  As you can tell from this blog I am using Google, but they are not the only one, my backup is at Amazon S3; cannot put all your eggs in one basket.  :)  PBWorks is hosting a project WiKi for my friends and me.  I am still looking for more solutions and we may end up using SourceForge for that project.  Next, I need to evaluate some application hosting providers.  :)

What cloud services are you using?

1 comment:

  1. Eric,
    We're using vimeo (plus) to host videos for our online content.