When Tue Feb 20 7pm — 9pm
Where Lecture Hall
1825 Monetary Ln #104 Carrollton, TX 75006
What Put 'i' in front of a name and make it 'cloud'
Host Joe King


  • Cost: Free

Cancellations for this event must be made before February 20, 2018 — 7:00pm.

Registration for the event is closed.

About this Event

In this era of ‘high technology’, I would not be surprised to see ‘cloud toilet paper’, because for many vendors recognize ‘cloud’ is a fancy new buzzword. In many cases, they get an existing product, add ‘cloud’ to the name and market it as something completely ‘new’, when in fact it has nothing to do with the ‘cloud’. As an individual who owns a cloud-centric database hosting company, we will examine the five criteria which the Gartner Group (people smarter than I) outlined as requirements for a ‘legitimate’ cloud service: scalability, portability, security, flexibility, and redundancy.

Some of us are old enough to remember green screen terminals which did nothing but connect to a mainframe; others can recall teletype machines and punch cards (yes, I’m old). During the next two decades with the birth of the personal computer revolution, and now the mobile computing revolution; these devices largely utilized applications which where local to the device; and now with the ‘cloud era’ has technology come full circle back to ‘dumb terminals’.

The reality is that these servers are not 20,000 feet in the air (in a cloud), but instead there was a ‘infrastructure revolution’ which allowed hosting companies, IT departments to go from single digit resource utilization of hardware to 80%+. This huge savings in cost, added capacity, and flexibility created modern cloud infrastructure; however explaining a 'infrastructure revolution' does roll off the tongue like 'cloud'.

This added flexibility also has made it easier for companies to ‘rent’ resources and then repurpose them at a later date. It has given birth to a new set of vocabulary: SaaS, PaaS, IaaS, cloud app, etc. We will examine this vocabulary and discuss how it effects the industry.

In this class, we will discuss how modern virtualization has evolved from a solution of ‘compromises’ to being the foundation of cloud technology. We will examine the vmWare ESX product to see how this platform is an example of modern cloud architecture, but then we will discuss how Microsoft, Cirtix, OpenKVM, HyperV, Docker and others are pushing the technology forward.

Once we have discussed the underlying technology which the modern cloud uses as a foundation, we will discuss how Amazon, Microsoft, Rackspace, and others are leveraging this technology. We will then discuss how this technology can be set up in a small room with simply a handful of systems. In short, there are benefits for companies- large to small; and whether you choose a public, private, or hybrid cloud solution; the ‘criteria’ and/or the foundations of these services are all the same.

To close the class, we will discuss ways that ‘cloud’ technology can help our own personal projects. We will ‘go around the room’ and discuss your own ‘cloud ideas’.

Since this is a 'Tuesday class', any and all are welcome to join us after the class for $1 Vodka night and/or come out and order a soft drink; just come and enjoy other makers.