As you may have heard, electronic music duo Daft Punk just won the 2014 Grammy Album of the Year award for “Random Access Memories.” This is a huge accomplishment, as it marks the music industry’s acceptance of a distinctly modern, technologically progressive sound, composed for the most part on computers. And it is no coincidence that the award has been given at a time when cloud computing, by no means a new trend, but nonetheless important one, is on the ascent, and poised to revolutionize global business and consumer practices.
If you’re a newbie to either Daft Punk’s iconic chords, or cloud computing’s efficient productivity, well, today’s your (get) lucky day because below are four of the grooviest songs from the album paired with some critical info about cloud computing.
1. Cloud Computing Is I.T. Done Right
Cloud computing might sound like some pie-in-the-sky, utopian concept, but in actuality it’s just an expansion and explosion of what any Internal Technician team is already doing, but on a scale that no single I.T. team could possibly support. Cloud Computing allows companies’ I.T. teams to grow capacity for data storage and add on software capabilities without having to increase server infrastructure (a costly and time-intensive process); they do this by connecting to an off-site web-based service. With cloud computing, I.T. teams can “do it right,” which sounds just like the Daft Punk song “Doing It Right.”
2. Space In the Clouds
In the Daft Punk song “Get Lucky,” Pharrell repeats the refrain “I’m up all night to get some...I’m up all night to get lucky.” Although some say he’s implying certain lustful impulses, what he’s actually getting at here is the frustration he feels at a lack of space on his hard drive. With cloud computing, you can easily add storage space instantly. If only Pharrell used the cloud to host and store his data, he wouldn’t need to worry about finding more room for his stuff, and could finally get some sleep.
3. Instant Crush
You set up a website, and in its early days it had trouble attracting attention. But suddenly one person got a crush on you, and it was all downhill from there. Your usership shot up at an unbelievable rate, which would be wonderful news if only the unexpected traffic didn’t overcrowd your server. Luckily, when you host your site from a cloud instead of a personal server or one dedicated solely to your site, the number of users hardly matters anymore because up in the clouds there’s so much space. So let anyone who has an “Instant Crush” (Daft Punk featuring Julian Casablancas) on you keep it. Feel flattered.
4. Lose Yourself to Data
The way you pay for cloud computing services is on a subscription or a pay-per-use basis. One company, VMWare, is on the subscription model (made much more affordable with a VMWare promo code), and they offer great benefits above and beyond mere hosting. Not only will they help a company transition to a cloud-friendly infrastructure, they also are available for support, problem management, and security monitoring. With VMware, you’ll feel so secure that you’ll just lose yourself to data, or, like the Daft Punk song, “Lose Yourself to Dance.”
Congratulations to Daft Punk for their hallmark award, and congratulations to you for your enthusiasm for cloud computing.