Ezine 191 – Is the Time for Cloud Computing Upon Us?

Ezine 191 – Is the Time for Cloud Computing Upon Us?

Are we on the cusp of switching from local to internet computing?  If it were reliable and trustworthy then the cost benefits for big companies would be compelling, which would fuel the development of cloud computing technology.  Here are the three main elements needed:

1) Client Access.  Using a browser instead of a local GUI would be no problem; terminal services technology is mature so could deliver a seamless transition.

2) Web Apps.  Running applications across the internet instead of installing them locally has always been the weak link in the cloud computing model.  However, free Office 2010 Web Apps and Skydrive may overcome this objection.

3) Secure Storage.  Storing data remotely on the internet cloud is feasible.  I have already started with Dropbox, admittedly as backup rather than as primary storage.  Could security fears be the last stumbling block preventing people wanting to store their data in huge warehouses?

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Is There a Window of Opportunity for Cloud Computing?

Another reason that I believe the time is right for cloud computing is because there is nothing exciting happening in traditional computing.  I have been wondering lately if the rate of computer progress has slowed down.  Alternatively, is it me?  As I get older so I think that I have seen it all before.  Perhaps I should just get out more!

Have there been any cool developments in desktop operating systems in the last year or so?  (Was Windows 7 merely a service pack for Vista?)  Has anything scintillating happened with servers or routers recently?  Does anyone actually use IP6 for real?  Perhaps all the recent innovations have occurred in phones, twitter and facebook; media which have largely passed me by.  If so, then these technologies would not be inconvenienced by cloud computing.

None of the above factors affects the logic for adopting cloud computing, but lack of alternative excitement in the computer industry may throw the spotlight onto client web applications.

The situation with cloud computing reminds me of what Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860) said :-

All truth passes through three stages.

  • First, it is ridiculed.
  • Second, it is violently opposed.
  • Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.

I think we are just making the transition from violent opposition to acceptance of cloud computing.

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These three ideas were kindly researched by Paul DeBrino

Raed writes in to say that:

a) I should have mentioned Google Apps
b) A company called force / AppexChange is worth looking at.

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Will and Guy’s Humour

If you have a computer problem next week then beware of April Fools’ Day hoaxes.  Most people can take a good joke against themselves, but it becomes annoying if you try to cure something that isn’t broken.  However, forewarned is forearmed, watch out for mischievous pranks ranging from a dummy mouse, strange AutoCorrections, or unusual screen contrast settings, to the usual batch of false alarms for computer viruses on April 1st.  See will and Guy’s predictions for April Fools Day 2010.

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