Cloud computing is an Information Technology industry buzz word that is coming on stronger and stronger these days. If you are not sure what cloud computing means then think of it this way. You gather up all of you valuables and bring them to my home for me to keep for you. Would you do this? If so, feel free to contact me. The official definition from WikiPedia is:
Cloud computing is a style of computing in which dynamically scalable and often virtualized resources are provided as a service over the Internet. Users need not have knowledge of, expertise in, or control over the technology infrastructure in the “cloud” that supports them.
I am sure by now many of you have heard that Google is making the move into the Operating System arena with the announcement on 7/7/2009 via The Official Google Blog. If not the bottom line is:
Google Chrome OS is an open source, lightweight operating system that will initially be targeted at netbooks. Later this year we will open-source its code, and netbooks running Google Chrome OS will be available for consumers in the second half of 2010. Because we’re already talking to partners about the project, and we’ll soon be working with the open source community, we wanted to share our vision now so everyone understands what we are trying to achieve.
Now my intent is not to bash Google here as I am an happy end user of a great number of their products and they simply work and work very well. What I am not a fan of is the idea that my data will be sitting out on a server somewhere that I have no physical access to nor do I know who may be looking at my data or even stealing it. Face it, there are a number of people out there that are just waiting in the shadows to do you harm. I for one will primarily stay with Windows as my OS and my laptop for anything that requires data storage and piece of mind. On the other hand I would grab up a netbook running the Google Chrome OS for quick access only.
I am curious what the corporate parties are thinking here. I have been working within a corporate environment for a number of years and I just do not ever see a corporation making the move to cloud computing in the sense of how individuals may. It seems to me that so much money has been invested in the infrastructure and personnel that this type of transition would be a long time coming true, if it ever does. PCWorld published and article titled Google Chrome OS Will Reshape Desktop Landscape which is very interesting discusses a number of points.
In closing, what impact do you think cloud computing will have and is this something you would be willing to use?