Monday, May 4, 2009

Google and the cloud.

Cloud computing is the "in" thing to be talking about at the moment, so here goes.

For those who do not know what it is you can go find out here.

A lot of the tech orientated people seem to think that this is going to replace traditional computing methods. While this may be true for those of our friends in the developed world, especially with companies trying to save as much money as possible. There are several reasons why it will not work in the developing country.

Chief among those reasons in the undependable nature of the internet connection.

Second, and by no means less, most developing countries and certainly the one the author lives in, still charge by the amount of data. And also cap their users.

Go figure.

These are the two main barriers to using the cloud for everyday work.

I have to use it and the frustration that come from not being to access the information immediately has led me to keeping duplicate records on my hard drive, defeating the object.

I have recently started using a lot more of the services on the net, in particularly Google. I like the ease of use that cloud computing offers. No license, no installation. The computer management is also very simple. Only a few programs to maintain and so far no conflicts with outdated systems or software.

Some of the articles that I have read raise the issue of security. If the company who is offering the service cannot give some guarantee of security, I assume that people will just not use them.
While everybody has security issues, users especially corporates, will want to be reassured that the information is relatively safe.

The cloud is a very good place to store non-sensitive information, and/or information that needs to be available to lots of people on various geographic locations.

I suppose like most things we will have to wait and see how things develop. I do know one thing for sure, I will be making a lot more use of the "greatest invention" ever.

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