Thursday, October 7, 2010

Cloud Computing and the Future

"The Cloud"

Cloud computing is one of the hot topics in terms of the next evolution of the operating system and how we're going to use computers in the future. In short, cloud computer is Internet-based computing where the accessible data is stored on a server and accessed via the Internet and a secure connection. 

From an enterprise perspective, cloud computing makes sense because all information is stored on company servers, and this information can be accessed by using ANY enterprise computer, logging into your account, and working away without saving anything on the local computer in use.  Deploying such technology is costly, and it's tough for companies to justify this expense especially with a traditional infrastructure in place. 

From a personal computing perspective, one could argue that cloud computing might not be too practical.  Personal computers have privacy (of course, to a certain extent), and you can store your personal information locally.

What are your thoughts on this?

102 comments:

KillerKun said...

If used for research and developtment i wouldn't mind that were to happen, but if they started using it for commercial/war purposes i would be really mad

The Lazy Geographer said...

I use things like google docs, but I'd never put anything valuable or confidential into the cloud.

Pandor42 said...

Not too informed on cloud computing. But I'm even less informed on the cost factors, is most if it coming from bandwidth issues or designing the new infrastructure to handle cloud computing?

And I fully agree on personal computing, cloud is not practical due to limited bandwidth and internet access.

dⒶvid said...

This could be good for certian situtations, like maybe a corporation, or office setting. maybe even for the masses but as it sits i like our current data bus internet node to node pc privacy and i hope that in some respects, we are not all always connected, that we can retain some of the pc to ourselvs

Rubix said...

i hadnt really known too much about it before now

Asher said...

I like my information with me... on my hard drive...

But I suppose it makes sense if you travel and don't have a laptop or whatever.

Stav88os said...

Interesting!!!;)

J.Name said...

i think it's very practical, my company is switching to it.

TSFan said...

could be cool for "regular" people, lol, like my parents, or people who just surf the internet and email, but, for people who do more advanced stuff, i'm not on board...

Allen said...

As long as its secure, its fine with me.

Drackar said...

To some extent, we all use the cloud computing concept. How far we go varies...many of us use google docs, host images on the internet, use streaming audio services.

But for consumers I think it will only advance to a certain stage. I'm not going to start storing my RAW files online, for example.

Johnn said...

While I think it's a fine idea for use in a business world and application, I don't see it being practical or particularly useful in a home setting.

(Generic name) said...

As long as its safe.

http://thegiannamichaels.blogspot.com/ said...

That looks awesome, cant wait to see what happens

Sigmund said...

I guess it's a good idea if you travel a lot

TechnoMac said...

i think i agree with you, it might not be practical enough

Daytona Jones said...

Very interesting but in till there are flying cars its not the future

Joey Lazlo said...

This makes me mad. Figures. I'll do a post on this shite. Thanks for getting my hackles up. I can tolerate a Mac, I can tolerate Windows, but when it comes to outrageous claims by corporations whose sole purpose is to extract money and data from you and I, well.

phaserware said...

Cloud makes it easy for sysadmins to outsource many systems, freeing up their time for better use.

Panda said...

Yeah this is really a debate these days. Good job on the post.

metalreviews said...

seems good for someone who's on the go.

Longkid said...

Sounds practical to me...but what do I know?

Aeacus.Warden said...

it would be convenient, but cloud computing would open up new threats.

Wondergecko said...

Mmmm... Shiny servers.

Darian said...

dude i'm working on comps right now. you are genius. i love you

Darian said...

cool stuff

The Blind Prophet said...

Looks pretty awesome, but like others said.. maybe not practical in reality.

Koniworld said...

nice post man
good thinks

Alex said...

I cant wait till wireless internet is as available (or more) than cell phone service

OneFourSeven said...

The main advantage of cloud computing is always having a backup of and access to data that you put in the cloud, in theory anyway.

The main disadvantage is reality. Security issues exist, servers crash, and while the cloud is a great thing for the wired generation, people need to keep other backups to keep themselves covered.

pixel said...

i use some cloud services like dropbox and google docs, i find them handy - but i always think twice about what docs i put in there

Arkanyn said...

thanks! very informative

Igloo said...

that seems pretty cool.

Sage said...

I'll just use my computer :D

AnbuJustin said...

I guess it has some uses for non personal type things. So for businesses its the best but I prefer the privacy of a personal hard drive.

Hidden Blogger said...

Hm...I'm kinda torn. I like the accessibility of the cloud, but I also wouldn't want to have all my data stores non-locally.

melinko said...

they already have been doing this for years. i think the clound has more to do with useing all teh processers at teh same time as a hybrid mind. they are useing muticore processers in eh machine nows and haveing al teh machinea process the data in quadrant hives instead of one machine doing each task. kine of a forebearing to a nerual network

WeeklySC said...

I do all my personal browsing on a mac, but by career I am a .NET programmer. Kind of ironic :)

godmodeus said...

for this to work we need moar internets

Matt said...

I'll have to look into this more

Cowbellrocker said...

Sounds really good for businesses. Especially in terms of reducing setup/update time. If they could work out all the kinks, they could make it really practical.

MikeNeuman said...

How secure are we talking here? Any transfer of data between physical locations opens up chances for it to be compromised. I don't deal with sensitive data myself but I know the company I work for has huge privacy concerns with customer data.

Naj said...

you've got an interesting point here, good job with the post

infostation said...

I'm not really a fan of cloud computing, though I do see it's upsides. For me, I'd like to be able to use it to access my media wherever I go, and my content creating programs (Photoshop, Acid Music Studio) wherever I am. The downside being I like the thought of having a computer be "my computer" and not sharing with anyone. Cloud computing gives off a chance of having your data broken into. It may be slim, but it may happen.

Willow said...

I'm not sure I would be safe with military info on the cloud though.

gamefreak3335 said...

it seems useful for businesses

Renger said...

It looks very interesting, don't think I'd personally use it.. There could be issues with leaks.

happybuffet said...

Well, I use Google products like Docs and Gmail for work everyday. I'm definitely a strong advocate of cloud computing. I think it's the future of computing.

stocald said...

Im a little weary of this. They already have a lot of information from us. And yeah, I dont think its very practical for a company to have free cloud computing. And I would certainly not pay $10 to store data or use some apps.

Unless it was Photoshop or some high end apps like that.

stocald said...

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Mc Uncool said...

a cloud is fluffy and in the sky

Ishu said...

I think it does not Justify paying a lot extra for what you'd be getting...just saying

Joshua said...

I think it could be justified in a enterprise/corporate environment but for home users and delicate personal information I'd say no.

Kewt Jessie said...

I don't really trust cloud computing ...

JVS said...

cloud computing looks very interesting
but i would not put confidential info on it either, except if it's on the company private network

our it architecture is slowly going to be cloud, each time our IT is upgraded more things are based on servers

Zerron said...

wouldnt use it myself would prefer to have my data with me, but it could be pretty useful for travelers

TeddyPin said...

Cool post, I agree with you also, keep up the good work

Toom said...

If thats a cloud computing system I do not want. Where would I keep that in my seconday garage? Yeah right, this thing is way to unpractical for personal use.


can an enterprise use one and the average joe just use normal PC's?

Carl said...

Hmmmmmmm... i dunno lol, following you

Habadasher99 said...

That looks intense.

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la com├ędie said...

nice post

richie said...

2 cons though:
- putting all your eggs in one basket is a big security risk. (say someone managesto fake/steal a hign level account, he can access the main server fully and therefore has access to ALL the information)

-Slow Bandwidth = Major Pain in the ASS

Barnacle said...

I dont think people will accept this, mainly for the issue of safety.. if there's vital information stored on servers, someone will be able to hack into that information.. at least that's the first thing I think about :)

Seb said...

cloud computing is a bit of a gimmick imo. it can be used to great effect but it's becoming a marketing term, like "social media"

kabello said...

Interesting. nice post

nick said...

wow that sounds awesome

Muhunty said...

wow that is nice

AnnoNeuvo said...

Coool! The future is awesome :)

Max Steel said...

clouds ftw

Kevorkian said...

Interesting

Javier said...

Yeah it sounds like a great idea if you travel, other than that it serves no purpose for the average person.

Bart said...

srs biznizz

The Angry Vegetarian said...

I honestly don't know too much about it. But the whole privacy thing is an issue for me.

momo said...

it has potential

vibe said...

cool!

jeanjean said...

interesting, my friend is doing his PhD on this subject

aGas said...

i like "the cloud" for stuff like synching save-games across different pcs and stuff like that.

gypsycore said...

Oh jesus, it looks just like my work :(

That Which Haunts said...

I always thought this is how it always worked with companies.

tortacular said...

informative post!

vibe said...

interesting.

Slumph said...

we need super fast interwebs, cloud computing will really come into its element in about 5-10 or so years.

http://the4unetwork.blogspot.com/ said...

very cool, thanks for sharing!

Mantooth said...

It seems like it would be useful in some situations, but for the majority of situations it seems impractical

Ultimate Banana said...

Don't know enough about this to have an opinion

yoshiface2.blogspot.com said...

Yeah kinda scary with the privacy thing then again everything may be monitored in the near future...

Biff Tanner said...

YES!

Insurance Advice Guy said...

cloud computing ftw

breakQuest said...

I agree with most of the comments but this can be a stepping stone for something greater

Ben said...

I share Sigmunds opinion only usefull is you travel...A LOT.

The Music Dude 23 said...

great post. thx

Sykefu said...

imo it can be quite usefull for companies, but that's it

Galwarrior said...

Sweet post ;)

Kurama86 said...

damn thats some spaceage stuff man, keep it up

zG Chris said...

Damn those severs look sick.

Anon said...

wow very interesting please keep posting

Fox said...

Cloud computing seems really interesting and I would love to see more companies try it out.

Charlie Chan said...

Wow. Interesting find. I wonder if we'll eever get home versions of thse. lol

That'll be the day.

Mary said...

Love it @_@!

Do Not See The Point said...

I have my concerns that when everything is stored out there, it will be easier for my personal stuff to escape... for example if I cloud out some naked pics of my girlfriend, who's to say that someone working at that company won't make that his personal leisure material?

ilikeicecream said...

back to the future!!

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