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:
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.