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Enter the Data Huggers…

November 27th, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments
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A tale of yore:

And from whence the light of the heavens did shimmer upon them from the clouds above, yea the Server Huggers did at first protest.

Yet, as the virtual supplanted the corporeal — these shells of the buzzing contrivance —  they did wilt wearily as the compression of the rings unyieldingly did set upon them.

And strangely, once shod of their vestigial confines, they learned once again to rejoice and verily did they, of their own accord, assume the mantle of the make-believe server clan, and march forward lofting their standards high  to readily bear their mark of the VM.

But as the once earth-bound, now ethereal, ascended their offers to the heavens and their clouds, the vessels of their capital dissolved their curtailment once more.

The VMs became vapor, their service, the yield.  This tribe, once coupled to the shrines of their wanton packaging, became unencumbered once more.

Yet when these offers were set free upon the land, their services — compliant, supple and malleable — were embraced as a newfound purse, and the Clan of the App guarded them jealously once again, hoarding their prize from the undeserving.

Their reign, alas, did not last; their bastions eroded as the platforms that once gained them allegiance crumbled with the surfeit of consumption — their dispersion widespread and resources taxed.

Thus became the rule of the Data Clan whose merit lay in wait as the pretenders of the Cloud were forced to kneel in subservience.

For their data was big and they clutched it to their bosom as they once did their apps, VMs and carnal heat pumps…

It’s interesting to see how in such a short time we’ve seen the following progression:

Server Huggers > VM Huggers > App Huggers > Data Huggers

I wonder what’s next in the lineage of hugs?


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  1. RedSneakers18
    November 27th, 2011 at 00:11 | #1

    The natural progression, Block Huggers–>Bit Huggers.

    • Anonymous Coward
      November 27th, 2011 at 09:09 | #2

      Sorry. The data storage folks are way ahead of you on the block/bit front.

  2. @adrianco
    November 27th, 2011 at 00:29 | #3

    Is it possible to hug a network?

    Next in line is probably the Infosec Huggers. “You can’t have my secure data, it’s supposed to be secret but it would be a pain to have to encrypt it at rest and figure out how to hide the keys, so I’ll hide it in my datacenter and hope no-one breaks in….”

  3. Saso
    November 27th, 2011 at 19:19 | #4

    Does it really matter what label of the same thinking is next? 🙂

    After all, all the new incarnations huggers are as merrily divorced from the businesses they serve as they were in their past form.

    Or maybe I’m just being too cynical. It is Monday, though.

  4. Me
    December 1st, 2011 at 09:44 | #5

    Security Huggers?

    Security as a Service (the other SaaS) is a developing field. Someone else is contracted to implement and monitor while providing reporting and mitigation. There are many bumps in the road (trust and legal), but it is coming…

    Interesting thought though, are we all “doomed” to become outsourced managers of that we do not own? What about alegiance when the only thing compelling is a paycheck. No identity, no comraderie, just a nebulous cloud of services to manage and do all for the visionary few.

    This is the same problem I have with futuristic fiction. Humans seem to thrive with ownership, responsibility, and challenge. In an outsourced world, what becomes of these qualities…

    Wow, what trip. Okay, back to reality.

  5. Kevin Neely
    December 8th, 2011 at 00:42 | #6

    I forget… when is hug your InfoSec guy day? That would be a nice change of pace.

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