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Vint Cerf: Today's cloud is like 1973 networks

Google's chief Net evangelist, who notes public and private clouds have a similar relationship to the Internet and intranet, says the key challenge is how to move between the different clouds.
Written by Sam Diaz, Inactive on

On a panel at the Google Atmosphere event, Google's team of innovators was in the hot seat, fielding questions about the cloud, Google and changes to the tech industry.

Among them was Vint Cerf, Google's chief Internet evangelist, who noted that the cloud in 2010 is much like networks in 1973. The issue came up as Cerf was asked about the differences between the public cloud and private clouds. The short answer is that there can be both, just as there is an Internet and, within companies, an intranet, or private Internet.

But beyond that, the bigger question today is how to move between different clouds. Back in the 1970s, he said, companies had their own networks but there was no compatibility and no interoperability. The Internet solved that problem by connecting the networks themselves.

Read more of "Vint Cerf: Today's cloud is like 1973 networks" at ZDNet.com.

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