McCloud-in-a-Box Strategy for Federation of Cooperatives


So let’s try another perspective of when to be thinking in the box and about a box. 

Let’s assume that you have developed your community media center either locally, or virtually, through your C-3PO.  You have all kinds of applications being used locally, like e-mail, web hosting, community portal etc..  Let’s use your local classified ad application as an example.  Basically you have on your community walled garden a pointer to local classifed ads.  Consider if other communities where running the same application and that they were meshed allowing interaction and exchange of information.  In other words, if you were looking to buy or sell something you may want to broaden your search or placement to other local communities in your vicinity through a macro classified ad solution.  So, looking at the overall strategy with micro and macro solutions we come up with a McCloud-in-a-box strategy with broad implications.  A McMicro classified ad solution now becomes a McMacro classified ad solution in the overall scheme of a McCloud-in-a-box strategy.  I don’t know why the national ISP associations aren’t trying to foster some content standards.  Another perspective is having a community development cooperative which would essentially be another micro solution but when combined by similarly formed communities would become a macro solution; basically a McCloud solution covering a broader demographic area.   Think of various applications as part of your overall community McCloud solution. 

So we’re revirtualizing through a McCloud strategy the concept of a federation of cooperatives where cooperatives come together to form a federation to share buying power for example.

“What Happen$ in the Community $tay$ in the Community” becomes “What Happen$ in the County $tay$ in the County”, which in turn becomes, “What Happen$ in the $tate $tay$ in the $tate”, and in turn becomes, “What Happen$ in the Country $tay$ in the Country!”.

Think In-a-Box; Think about-a-Box: Think!


When is thinking in-a-box a good thing when we should be thinking out of the box to resolve community broadband issues.  I’ve thought outside of the box so long I don’t know where it is anymore and sometimes need direction  to find it.  For all you other non-conformists start thinking about solutions in a box. 

Anyone recall a company in the 1900s called Whistle Communications, whose product the InterJet was meant for a turnkey corporate Internet solution and was picked up by many ISPs for an ISP-in-a-box solution.  The company was acquired by IBM in 1999, http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/2155.wss and the solution was basically shelved, www.whistle.com .   Then along came Net Integration Technologies Inc. with its Mark product.  Again, this company was acquired by IBM in 2008,  http://www-3.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/23325.wss and once again shelved, www.nitix.com.  So, all you local ISPs out there who have piecemealed together comparable in-a-box systems you should see a pattern and an opportunity.  There is a South African firm, inX, putting together a virtual in-a-box solution using cloud computing, a revirtualized ISP-in-a-box solution.  Also Wireless Mundi out of Spain has put together a number of box lunch solutions including an ISP-in-a-box solution and, get this, a cloud-in-a-box solution, finally someone gets it.  Look for acquistion by globalists shortly.

Every local community ISP or WISP has basically thought outside of the box and piecemealed comparable in-a-box solutions ready to be packaged and commercialized.

Look at your community as an enterprise which essentially needs the same fundamental aspects such as an Intranet and Extranet capability. Why not view the community as a corporation, a cooperative?

An Intranet of course basically uses an internal communications network and server to facilitate the coordinated sharing of information within the corporation and an Extranet shares some of that information with those outside of the corporate network. The corporate network is double fire walled to prevent unwarranted intrusion from within and from without. Basically the infrastructure and the corporation’s applications are a corporate cloud and appliances have been built to facilitate this cloud.

The corporate cloud is a type of community cloud. There is the community’s Intranet where local retailers, associations, and institutions are like divisions within a company supporting the community internally and then there is the community’s Extranet where the community’s businesses are the trading window of the community’s products and services.

Resolving urban, suburban, rural and remote broadband can be easily achieved through a cooperative community cloud appliance complete with an Intranet and Extranet.

Well, I’m sure that you’ve heard about community-in-a-box but have you heard of radio-in-a-box?  Regardless, think about a box, a co-op-in-a-box!

What Happen$ in the Community $tay$ in the Community!

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