Deja Vu? Cloud Computing

In the late 1960s, the first generalized database management systems (DBMSs) started to emerge (IBM’s IMS, Cullinane’s IDMS, Software AG’s Adabase, etc.). These systems replaced old-fashioned indexed-sequential files (ISAM), a data organization method with fixed length records, limited indexing capabilities, and limited possibility of inserting records without performance deterioration. Vendors lacking a DBMS felt that they were at a competitive disadvantage. What did the hapless “have-nots” do? They tinkered slightly with their products and rechristened them as DBMS.

To paraphrase Yogi Berra, the baseball giant, is it déjà vu all over again? Is anyone who is running a hosted service of any description tinkering with it slightly and renaming it as an SaaS service, claimed to be delivered as a cloud application?

Many vendors do invent a new name, put out a press release, crank up the hype and tell stockbrokers that they’ve got a cloud computing application. To quote a young Chicago White Sox fan outside a Chicago grand jury hearing related to the Black Sox scandal who said to Shoeless Joe Jackson, “Say it ain’t so, Joe.”

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