Riggers

Riggers are traditionally a hardy lot, specialists in lifting and moving of extremely large or heavy objects.

Since the days of sailing ships, riggers used pulleys, ropes, sheer brute force and cleverness to accomplish tasks that now require machine power. Over time riggers and rigging became a trade where complex and risky jobs were handled by cohesive teams who placed their safety and the customer's property in the highest regard.

Cloudrigger.com pays homage to the work spirit of the rigger as embodied in today's Cloud builders.

The Rigging

The journey to Cloud Computing has its origins in the oldest of computer tech: centralized time-sharing systems. for years, data and processing were resources located elsewhere. Mere mortals never saw the systems, and never really cared to. They had what they needed at their fingertips on input/display terminals and line printers. Kind of like a cloud.

As the input/display terminal evolved into the desktop microcomputer, local security, data integrity and system administration issues emerged. Still, the value of locally-executing programs were obvious. To help correct this, "PC-like" network systems and server operating systems emerged. But connecting back to the time-sharing system was tricky and brittle. No cloud, just local systems proliferating at a mad pace.

The advent of the Internet brought the promise of the cloud. The Universal Service principle finally broke down the barriers to inter-networking, and the human interface took two steps forward. So here we are again, looking for services from remotely-located resources, pushing our customer-facing systems to external hosts, and expecting to need nothing more than a simple web browser or mobile device to use it all.

The Rigging is the Internet. The Internet is the Cloud. Cloud Computing is about turning the fifty-year journey backward, while keeping the vast improvements in the human interface. The Cloud is for Humans.

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