Feeds

BBC: Grasp the high-speed runaway cloud nettle

...in the cloud that's in the fast lane

Eight steps to building an HP BladeSystem

Competition Hats off to BBC Online's Silicon Valley correspondent Maggie Shiels, who on her dot.maggie blog offers some defining purple prose for the new era in computing.

Attending the RSA conference, Maggie reports on the race to offer 'cloud computing' services:

The message was the same about ensuring security is not a "Johnny come lately" idea and that the clock was ticking for the industry to grasp the nettle before it was too late.

And Maggie continues:

While the drive to the cloud seems like a runaway train every business must hitch a ride on, the security concerns are clearly hampering it travelling in the fast lane.

So basically, cloud computing is a runaway train that's prevented from running where it should be: in the fast lane of the motorway. Yes, you could say Maggie's prose is an unexploded bomb with its volume turned up to 11.

Mixed metaphors have been an inspiration to us before. Older Reg readers will remember that for a while, the telecoms regulator (as then was) OFTEL was referred to as the "winged watchdog".

According to folklore, Tim Richardson was inspired by an article at ZDNet now lost in time, which described how BT was "sheltering under the wings of the telecoms watchdog".

Maybe there's something in the water, but the author of that pileup later joined BBC Online.

So join us in embracing the runaway, high speed nettle of Cloud Computing.

A T-shirt goes to the most elaborately contrived metaphor pileup in the best, breathless BBC Online style. ®

Reducing security risks from open source software

More from The Register

next story
Motorist 'thought car had caught fire' as Adele track came on stereo
'FIRE' caption on dashboard prompts dunderheaded hard shoulder halt
Delaware pair nabbed for getting saucy atop Mexican eatery
Burrito meets soft taco in alleged rooftop romp outrage
Japanese artist cuffed for disseminating 3D ladyparts files
Printable genitalia fall foul of 'obscene material' laws
Carlos: Slim your working week to just three days of toil
'Midas World' vision suggests you retire later, watch more tellie and buy more stuff
Brit Rockall adventurer poised to quit islet
Occupation records broken, champagne corks popped
Apple: No, China. iPhone is NOT public enemy number 1
Beijing fears it could beam secrets back to America
Canuck reader threatens suicide over exact dimensions of SPAAAACE!
How many As? Reg hack's writing cops a shoeing
prev story

Whitepapers

Reducing security risks from open source software
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Application security programs and practises
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.