Category Archives: Steve Wozniak

This is What Tim Cook, Steve Jobs & Bill Gates’ Signatures Say About Them

Believe it or not, there’s one thing formulaic crime shows get right—your signature really does reveal a lot about you. For example, handwriting analysts agree that a clear and legible signature is indicative of a person whose personality is open and straightforward. With that in mind, what do you think top tech personalities signatures say […]

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Woz on Cloud Dangers Started a Useful Conversation

When Apple co-founder and all-around tech icon Steve Wozniak was quoted as saying he expected horror stories from the cloud, and in the wake of a cautionary tale of total cloud hack horror from xxxxxx, it set off a useful round of comment.

Yesterday we had a guest post on the topic.

Today you might read the I,  Cringley take, which as can be expected is full of his usual cobbled-together, but pretty effective, roll-your-own solutions.

Woz is Worried About “Everything Going to the Cloud” — the Real Issue is Giving Up Control

Guest Post By Nati Shalom, CTO and Founder of GigaSpaces

In a recent article, Steve Wozniak, who co-founded Apple with the late Steve Jobs, predicted “horrible problems” in the coming years as cloud-based computing takes hold. 

“I really worry about everything going to the cloud,”.. “I think it’s going to be horrendous. I think there are going to be a lot of horrible problems in the  next five years. ….“…with the cloud, you don’t own anything. You already signed it away.”

When I first read the title I thought, Wozniak sounds like Larry Ellison two years ago, when he pitched the Cloud is hype, before he made a 180-degree turn to acknowledge Oracle wished to be a cloud vendor too. 

Reading it more carefully, I realized the framing of the topic is instead just misleading. Wozniak actually touches on something that I hear more often, as the cloud hype cycle is moves from a Peak of Inflated Expectations into through the Trough of Disillusionment.

Wozniak echos an important lesson, that IMO, is major part of the reason many of the companies that moved to cloud have experienced lots of outages during the past months. I addressed several of these aspects in in a recent blog post: Lessons from the Heroku/Amazon Outage.

When we move our operations to the cloud, we often assume that we’re out-sourcing our data center operation completely, including our disaster recovery procedures. The truth is that when we move to the cloud we’re only outsourcing the infrastructure, not our operations, and the responsibility of how to use this infrastructure remain ours.

Choosing better tradeoffs between producivity and control

For companies today, the main reason we chose to move to the cloud in the first place was to gain better agility and productivity. But in starting this cloud journey, we found that we had to give up some measure of control to achieve the agility and productivity.

The good news is that as the industry mature there are more choices that provides better tradeoffs between producivity and control:

  • Open source cloud such as OpenStack and CloudStack
  • Private cloud offering
  • DevOps and automation tools such as Chef and Puppet
  • OpenSource PaaS such as Cloudify, OpenShift and CloudFoundry
  • DevOps and PaaS combined such Cloudify

As businesses look at cloud strategy today, there isn’t a need to give up control over productivity. With technologies like Cloudify, businesses can get the best out of both worlds.