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Cloud: The Turducken Of Computing? [Oh, and Happy Thanksgiving]

November 20th, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

In these here United States Of ‘Merica, we’re closing in on our National Day of Gluttony, Thanksgiving.

As we approach #OccupyStuffedGullet, I again find myself quizzically introspective, however frightening the prospect of navel gazing combined with fatal doses of Tryptophan leaves me.

Reviewing the annual list of consumables for said celebration in conjunction with yet another interminable series of blog posts on “What Cloud *really* means for [insert target market here,]” I am compelled to suggest that what Cloud *really* means and *really* represents is…

A Turducken.

According to the Oracle of Mr. Wales, a Turducken is as follows:

turducken is a dish consisting of a de-boned chicken stuffed into a de-boned duck, which itself is stuffed into a de-boned turkey. The word turducken is a portmanteau of turkey, duck, and chicken or hen.

The thoracic cavity of the chicken/game hen and the rest of the gaps are stuffed, sometimes with a highly seasoned breadcrumb mixture or sausage meat, although some versions have a different stuffing for each bird.

I’ll leave it to you to map the visual to the…Oh, who am I kidding?

What does this *really* have to do with Cloud? Nothing, really, but I’m rather bloated with the resurgence of metaphors and analogs which seek to clarify new computing recipes in order to justify more gut-busting consumption, warranted or not, diets-be-damned.  But really…sometimes a dish is delicious in its simplicity and doesn’t need any garnish. 😉

In fact, this comparison isn’t really at all that accurate or interesting, but I found it funny nonetheless…

Frankly, it’s *really* just an excuse to wish you all a very merry ClouDucken Day 🙂

May your IT be stuffed and your waistline elastic.


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  1. Ben Kepes
    November 20th, 2011 at 19:10 | #1

    And you computing commoditized and your resource utility based..

    Happy gluttony to you too Hoff, enjoy the rest and don’t be so grumpy



    • November 20th, 2011 at 19:12 | #2

      What rest?

      Also, who’s grumpy?

      (oh, and happy belated birthday — was traveling and missed it…sorry!)


  2. kurt wismer
    November 20th, 2011 at 23:46 | #3

    i once had a thought in a similar vein to this, but (since the season wasn’t right for it and since turducken hasn’t really crossed the chasm in the great white north) i went with the matryoshka doll metaphor instead. at least in the beginning. ultimately i settled on something a little more complex and a little more abstract – turing machine fractals (and by fractal i mean something more like the sierpinski triangle than the mandelbrot set). i wasn’t even thinking of the cloud at the time, but when i did and i wondered how it might fit i realized that the box on one’s desk (or under it) may simply not be the outer-most edge of the fractal.

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