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Living in the Cloud

September 29, 2009

The idea of cloud computing is very different from most forms of computing because it takes one of the main parts of a computer and throws it out the window. What I mean is that the hard drives that are found in today’s computers could be gone tomorrow and replaced with small drives once again. I have a two terabyte hard drive for storage of all my data. Cloud commuting would eliminate the need for this and I would only need enough space to hold my OS and a few gigs of RAM.
Cloud computing would take all of my data and allow it to be accessible from anyplace with an Internet connection. Now this would be great but our current info structure that brings us our connection to the web will need to be drastically changed before cloud computing can ever have a chance of making it in the mainstream.

In the United States high-speed Internet companies charge extremely high rates for what is comparable to slow speeds in other countries. On top of this, they are currently trying to cap our services, so that they could charge us more if we go over this cap and one such company that is planning to do this is Comcast. Comcast has decided to place a 250 gigabyte a month cap on all users service. Further more I feel that in order for cloud computing to work we need to be able to be connected wherever we go. Currently technologies such as 3G-cell service cards are regulated even more heavily then our broadband. Once you use your 5gigs of bandwidth you will be charged extremely high rates. Ultimately before we can embrace cloud computing we need to fix our connection to the Internet.


The Big Switch

September 15, 2009

In an interview with Nicholas Carr , author of The Big Switch he talks about the idea of computing becoming a utility. I think the idea of this becoming a reality is a very good thing. The idea of giving the user the ability to not just accesses their data, but their entire set up, there programs setting book marks on any computer at any time is the future. People will no longer be forced to carry all of their data around with them on laptops with huge hard drives. All data will be stored in the cloud of massive servers located in huge underground data centers.
This could completely change the game when it came to buying a computer. People will no longer need that 2.9GHz Core 2 Duo processor. The speed of your processor would mean nothing because all of the large amounts of computing that eat up the processor on a current computer, will be handled back at the server end. The hard drive space on a new computer can be much smaller then they are today and the user would only need enough space to hold a OS and a browser. This will completely change the way we buy computers today. Computers can become much smaller and lighter as can be seen with today’s netbooks.
The huge battle over operating systems could ended forever because if everything is stored on the cloud the user is no longer constrained by there OS. I am not running that program locally on my computer it is running in some data center. So why would it matter what OS I would use?
The idea of cloud computing could change the world and they way we use computers and I hope that one day it does.