The stormy cloud
With no disrespect to Mr. Eckman and Mr. Ellison, the Hanford cloud environment is not as wonderful as this piece suggests. I have been a user of Hanford IT services for 15 years. I appreciate the considerable savings in hardware costs, but the thin clients absolutely do not provide "striking improvements in computer performance." Before the thin clients, I was tied to the Hanford network with a standard laptop and a docking station. With the move to thin clients I found that processing time declined slightly, and it has deteriorated noticably in the two years since. I do not perform complex work: I am talking about the time to open e-mails and MS Word documents and load web pages. Before the cloud we could log in remotely from most locations and access files that we elected to store on the server, so little changed with that capability. The VoIP phone system provides noticably better audio quality for calls within the Hanford network, but I have also had multiple occasions in which my desk phone simply does not provide a dial tone when I try to make a call. The reliability is less than a standard phone line. I have far more IT frustrations with the cloud than I did before.