Relying on "The Cloud"

After reading “There’s silver lining to Google’s cloud computing glitch” by John Naughton, I pondered the following quote:

Andy Grove, then the CEO of Intel, said in 1999, “In five years, companies that are not internet companies won’t be companies at all.” He was widely ridiculed at the time. But in fact he was very perceptive. What he meant was that we were entering a period when internet access would become like electricity supply: very few companies generate electricity, but all companies use – and rely on – it.

More and more great services are available “in the cloud” but they require Internet access. This makes me thing about the “Internet OS.” What is next in providing access to all of these resources? Google Gears is a next step but only a stepping stone in my eyes. Operating Systems are going to take on a whole new dynamic in the future and it will be based on cloud computing. What are your thoughts?

2 Replies to “Relying on "The Cloud"”

  1. I think you’ll see more money put into infrastructure and less into software/paper so that more cloud computing can be done. We already don’t buy a lot of software (because I rarely can’t find a free alternative) and now we are looking at being more “green.” I’m hoping that money get put into our networking budget.

  2. I, too, believe we’ll see more dollars for infrastructure. The US is 16th in terms of bandwidth per capita. (http://www.nationmaster.com/graph/int_bro_acc_percap-internet-broadband-access-per-capita) It makes sense to have applications online. Updates, viruses, features and more will all be managed by the experts who have built the software. That and the use of multimedia will pose a need to bolster the networks. I also see mobile computing pushing the cellular network more and more. I see more devices, including laptops, having built-in 3G or similar cellular capabilities.

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