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Supercloud – A Name or a Primer?

The word ‘supercloud’ has been bopping around the press a lot lately. After cloud, multi-cloud and hybrid cloud, you must be wondering, what is this new cloud? Well, the concept of supercloud is a bit fuzzy in public knowledge, blurry around the edge, a bit hard to put a finger on, on the whole. When I heard it for the first time, I imagined it to be something like cloud, but bigger. But turns out, the name is a wee bit misleading.

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To give you a high-level idea, supercloud is a cloud architecture for application migration between clouds, where app migration is a service. I almost heard a collective sigh of relief. Cloud migration is a humongous pain in the neck and most of us can do without it. But as good as it sounds, you still want to read more about it because there are a lot of mixed opinions about supercloud.

Cloud expert and Field Day delegate, Ned Bellavance is one of the voices to talk about this subject. In a recent article titled “Supercloud is neither super nor a cloud, discuss.”, Bellavance traces the roots of the name ‘supercloud’ and posits a definition, attempting to make the meaning less ambiguous for the average people. He writes,

In the not too long ago, Chris and I discussed the Supercloud briefly on Chaos Lever as part of a larger discussion of hybrid, on-premises, and other things. My original take was, this is a stupid term someone invented so they could own and promote it. The term adds nothing substantive to the discussion on the future of technology, conflates multiple terms we already lack a solid definition for, and adds a fluffy confusing buzzword to the marketing hell-scape vendors will glom onto and abuse until the term is more meaningless than it started.

Check out Ned’s article- “Supercloud is neither super nor a cloud, discuss.” for a fun and interesting read on the new trend that is supercloud. For more stories and updates like this , sign up for our weekly newsletter or catch the News Rundown every Wednesday.

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Sulagna Saha

Sulagna Saha is a writer at Gestalt IT where she covers all the latest in enterprise IT. She has written widely on miscellaneous topics. On she writes about the hottest technologies in Cloud, AI, Security and sundry.

A writer by day and reader by night, Sulagna can be found busy with a book or browsing through a bookstore in her free time. She also likes cooking fancy things on leisurely weekends. Traveling and movies are other things high on her list of passions. Sulagna works out of the Gestalt IT office in Hudson, Ohio.