Cloud Computing – An Overview

Cloud computing is not a new concept. If you really want to get down to it, the internet IS the cloud.

The purpose of this article and the articles that will follow is to try and flush out desktop computing in the cloud and how we are moving farther away from the traditional “C drive” desktop and closer to the desktop that lives in the cloud.

First of all, we need to figure out what we are trying to accomplish. While there is more than one school of thought on how to get there, the end result is arriving at the same summit.

The simple answer: I envision browser based computing where all of my data exists on a web accessible server from anywhere in the world. This includes my software, desktop, c drive, storage, etc.

So basically when I boot my machine, it opens a browser that contains my “desktop” that exists on the web. Synchronizing that information to the c: drive is important as well for the times you are unable to connect to the web.

I hear what you are saying – the technology already exists and is used. Unfortunately, the people who are making this point are geeks like you and I and do not apply to the mainstream computer user. To get an acceptance of moving desktop computing to the web, we must convince the mainstream that it is safe to do.

In my next article, we will attempt to explore the biggest concern:

Part 2
The Cloud – Is my information safe?

In the meantime, here are several up and coming Cloud Links:

Cloudo is a cloud based desktop with storage (not much mind you). The concept is there and will give an idea of what is possible. This is free for all so sign up and give it a try.

This is a short article explaining Google’s up and coming Gdrive and their attempt to dethrone Microsoft from your desktop.

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10 thoughts on “Cloud Computing – An Overview

  1. I’m far from a techno-geek and usually don’t have the time to read through this kind of thing. But, I’m sitting here kicking myself for leaving my pdf sheet music to Godzilla at work, and wishing I had it on a “worldwide” server so I could download it here and practice it. I’m liking the idea.

    Since I’m lazy and stupid and with two small children it will take me 10 minutes just to write this comment, tell me g, will this work for a MAC?

  2. cloudo is web based so it will work with MAC. The whole cloud idea is web based so it will work with any os that can display a web browser.

    i have some sheet music of stranglehold if you want it.

  3. G,

    I will be following your articles on “cloud computing”… There is a “ton” of neat stuff out there and more showing up everyday. You are right, we are drifting away from PC’s in the way that we know it. Cloud computing could change the whole “giant” operating system concept… In a nutshell, if you can get to the net, you’ll be able to do what you want.

    Thanks,

    Rick

  4. rick: it’s going to take a huge effort to make cloud computing work. it makes me wonder which company is going to win the race. i suspect it will come down to google and microsoft. thanks for stopping by and i look forward to reading your blog!

    matt: i never bothered to count the minutes. thank you for sharing. we always learn something new here at the crazy world.

  5. An interesting concept. I can see it getting bigger as internet connections grow stronger. I do have concerns about security and the like. I’m not worried that someone might heist my music collection or the pics of my dogs as long as they leave me a copy. Hell, getting my credit cards would hardly be worth the effort. I think I’ll watch this for awhile and see how it grows.

  6. Hi G,

    I work for http://www.nomadesk.com, which offers easy and secure file sharing, wherever you are. I read your post on cloud computing with great interest and just wanted to add NomaDesk to the mix.

    NomaDesk, trusted by mobile (“nomadic”) businesses for several years now both in Europe and the U.S., is a hybrid of client and cloud based services.
    NomaDesk works with a local client and allows access to your files from anywhere on the web. It includes an encrypted virtual drive that keeps your files securely available off-line and remote file shredding and IP-tracking with TheftGuard. Of course, we impose no limits on storage and bandwidth. A Mac version is on its way.

    We have very good reasons to work with a local client that taps into the cloud:

    (1) 100% availability of the data, regardless of network quality
    (2) 100% performance when editing files, using any type of program
    (3) 100% simplicity; just drag-n-drop files to synchronize and share them
    (4) 100% security on the PC also: the virtual drives that NomaDesk creates on the PC are encrypted and can be shred remotely via our online TheftGuard service.

    The bulk of our users, which are SOHO and SMB teams, appreciate the straightforward and secure file sharing they get through using the NomaDesk client software. You should know that in most cases NomaDesk replaces the traditional file server, FTP and VPN – with success!

    Please let me know your thoughts.

    Kind regards,
    F.

  7. filip: thanks for sharing. for some reason, your comment ended up in my spam box. i look forward to taking a look at nomadesk and will report back in when i’ve had a chance to review.

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