Broad Network Access Or Broad Data Access

I get to talk to a lot of companies – literally hundreds a quarter. Sometimes I have a hard time understanding the value proposition, other times it hits me right away. Sometimes I struggle with the definitions of things. Take for instance the NIST Cloud tenet – “broad network access.” Really? Isn’t that kinda obvious? The original use of the term “cloud” was always used to refer to the networks that connected companies to the Internet and to their other locations. Today’s use of broad networks access of course has evolved – now it means something more like “able to connect from any device to any service via the Internet.” I think we can go further with that – why not say broad data access? We don’t really connect over the network for the sake of using the network – we have some information destination in mind.

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