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Author Interview: Michael Miller


Michael Miller is the author of the book Cloud Computing: Web-Based Applications That Change the Way You Work and Collaborate Online. Michael has authored more than 100 non-fiction books over the past two decades. Collectively, his books have sold more than a million copies worldwide. Michael spoke to us about his book and his vision on cloud computing.

theCloudTutorial: There are many definitions of Cloud Computing. How do you define Cloud computing?

Michael Miller: Cloud computing is a type of server-based computer where all applications and data are stored on the web. It facilitates group collaboration, as well as reducing the dependence on individual machines.

theCloudTutorial: Tell us about your book on cloud computing?

Michael Miller: My book, Cloud Computing: Web-Based Applications That Change the Way You Work and Collaborate Online, is an introduction to cloud computing for the average end user. It's a guide to various cloud services and applications, and helps users decide which, if any, cloud-based applications are best for them.

theCloudTutorial: What inspired you to write this book?

Michael Miller: Actually, the initial idea for this book was to focus on collaborative computing. But as collaborative computing today is cloud computing, we changed direction to focus more clearly on cloud computing.

theCloudTutorial: What are the target audience for your book?

Michael Miller: My focus is primarily on endusers who will be using cloud computing applications.

theCloudTutorial: Which trends do you see in this decade for cloud computing?

Michael Miller: Well, the big trend is for more and more users to embrace cloud applications. This is happening already on a small scale, but should accelerate as move forward.

theCloudTutorial: Which cloud computing vendors are going to grow exponentially in the next couple of years?

Michael Miller: That's impossible to tell. It's hard to bet against Google, of course; Google Apps and Docs may be the most popular cloud applications today (aside from web-based email, of course). I'd also keep an eye on Microsoft; their upcoming web-based version of Office could be a game changer.

theCloudTutorial Any cloud computing products that you use yourself?
Michael Miller: I use a lot of different cloud apps, but find myself using the Google suite of products almost every day. I find them useful and almost as functional as traditional software-based applications.

theCloudTutorial: Is the hype around cloud computing justified?

Michael Miller: It appears to be, especially as computing becomes more mobile and less PC focused. Let's face it, when you use an iPhone for non-phone tasks, you're taking advantage of cloud computing. Mobile use will drive the adoption of cloud computing.

theCloudTutorial: A major roadblock on the growth of cloud computing is security concerns of organizations. Do you think security will continue to remain a oadblock for the exponential growth of cloud computing?

Michael Miller: That's an issue, but I'm not sure that corporate IT will drive cloud computing in any case. I think cloud computing is more of an enduser thing; corporate IT departments are too focused on internal solutions and security to be the first adopters of cloud technology. That said, I think the cloud computing vendors have to prove that their solutions and data are both secure and reliable; this will be something that does (or does not) happen over time.