Best Cloud Computing Quotes, Wake Up Everyone!

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Joe McKendrick, a contributor to Forbes’ Tech Blog, found a handful of inspiring cloud computing quotes from tech’s most compelling visionaries.

Steve Jobs Cloud ComputingWhile much has been written about the Cloud in recent times — both positive and negative, as well as relatively neutral, occasionally during cloud tech’s meteoric rise, there have been some real cloud computing quotes gems, adroitly describing what’s taking place and the profundity of it all.  Steve Jobs made his iconic quip back in ’97, which became the stuff of legend and keenly predicted the modern day ‘cloud rush.’  —

1) “I don’t need a hard disk in my computer if I can get to the server faster… carrying around these non-connected computers is byzantine by comparison.” – Steve Jobs 1997

Joe wienman on Cloud Computing2) “Ultimately, the cloud is the latest example of Schumpeterian creative destruction: creating wealth for those who exploit it; and leading to the demise of those that don’t.” – Joe Weinman, Senior VP at Telx and author of Cloudonomics: The Business Value of Cloud Computing

Cloud quote from Vivek Kundra3) “Cloud computing is often far more secure than traditional computing, because companies like Google and Amazon can attract and retain cyber-security personnel of higher quality than many US agencies.” – Vivek Kundra, former federal CIO of the United States

Cloud Computing expert Nick Carr4) “Discontinued products and services are nothing new, of course, but what is new with the coming of the cloud is the discontinuation of services to which people have entrusted a lot of personal or otherwise important data – and in many cases devoted a lot of time to creating and organizing that data. As businesses ratchet up their use of cloud services, they’re going to struggle with similar problems, sometimes on a much greater scale. I don’t see any way around this – it’s the price we pay for the convenience of centralized apps and databases – but it’s worth keeping in mind that in the cloud we’re all guinea pigs, and that means we’re all dispensable. Caveat cloudster.” – Nick Carr, author of Does IT Matter?, The Big Switch and The Shallows 

Scott McNealy Cloud quote5) “We believe we’re moving out of the Ice Age, the Iron Age, the Industrial Age, the Information Age, to the participation age. You get on the Net and you do stuff. You IM (instant message), you blog, you take pictures, you publish, you podcast, you transact, you distance learn, you telemedicine. You are participating on the Internet, not just viewing stuff. We build the infrastructure that goes in the data center that facilitates the participation age. We build that big friggin’ Webtone switch. It has security, directory, identity, privacy, storage, compute, the whole Web services stack.” – Scott McNealy, former CEO, Sun Microsystems

Larry Ellison on Cloud Computing6) “The interesting thing about cloud computing is that we’ve redefined cloud computing to include everything that we already do. I can’t think of anything that isn’t cloud computing with all of these announcements. The computer industry is the only industry that is more fashion-driven than women’s fashion. Maybe I’m an idiot, but I have no idea what anyone is talking about. What is it? It’s complete gibberish. It’s insane. When is this idiocy going to stop?” – Larry Ellison, chairman, Oracle

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