Video: Understanding Cloud Computing

September 29th, 2008 by - 8,578 views

Cloud Computing has entered mainstream media…but if you ask people what it is, many can’t really tell you. My job as the Technology Evangelist at GoGrid is to try to help people understand it, whether they be technical or not. We have several channels that we have been trying to communicate what cloud computing is, and each method talks to a different audience. However, I sometimes forget that not everybody is technical or loves technology as much as I do and when I start talking to those people, their eyes glaze over.

Here are some of the current ways we, here at GoGrid, are talking about Cloud Computing:

  • The GoGrid product site – for general product information
  • This GoGrid blog – industry and GoGrid specific topics
  • The GoGrid Wiki – for technical documentation
  • The GoGrid Forums – where GoGrid users can ask questions or post tips
  • – showing Cloud Computing in a different light

Well, a few months ago, we realized that we needed something even simpler and more understandable, generalized enough for anyone to understand. What Tim (GoGrid UI Designer) and I came up with is below (also hosted on YouTube here):

It truly is hard to boil something this complex down, but someone has to try! Let us know what you think, offer suggestions and give us ideas for the next one. We hope you can share this with others to make the term more understandable and commonplace.

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Michael Sheehan

Michael Sheehan, formerly the Technology Evangelist for GoGrid, is a recognized technology, social media, and cloud computing pundit and blogger who writes regularly about technology news and trends.

7 Responses to “Video: Understanding Cloud Computing”

  1. Andre Theus says:

    That video is fantastic! Well done guys.

  2. Clive says:

    Hey Guys,

    Why didn’t you give a shout out to the Common Craft folks who invented the paper format for your video?

    This two person company in Seattle WA, invented the format and it’s a shame you didn’t acknowledge them. Check them out at


  3. Michael Sheehan says:

    @ Clive,

    You are right! We should have tipped our hats to Common Craft. Their style provided much inspiration for the video (and was acknowledged in other re-posts of the video in other sources). Common Craft really “broke ground” with their clear communication style. We know their videos well and have shown them to many.


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  5. Carlos says:

    What happens when a virus attacks the cloud server? will it affect other users?

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