Cloud Computing another Google Market

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

I was browsing through the internet and checked a favorite news site and noticed an article about "cloud computing". According to, cloud computing is defined as:

"refers to the delivery of computational resources from a location other than your current one. In its most used context it is Internet-based ("cloud") development and use of computer technology ("computing"). The cloud is a metaphor for the Internet, based on how it is depicted in computer network diagrams, and is an abstraction for the complex infrastructure it conceals. It is a style of computing in which IT-related capabilities are provided "as a service", allowing users to access technology-enabled services from the internet ("in the cloud") without knowledge of, expertise with, or control over the technology infrastructure that supports them. According to a 2008 paper published by IEEE Internet Computing "Cloud Computing is a paradigm in which information is permanently stored in servers on the Internet and cached temporarily on clients that include desktops, entertainment centers, tablet computers, notebooks, wall computers, handhelds, sensors, monitors, etc.""

As a IT person, I cannot help but tell something, the news said that this technology would reduce operating cost with google (as usual) to take the lead role, with $36 billion market this year, representing roughly 13 percent of global software sales, this is a market that has huge potential.

I think one of the real purpose of cloud technology is to bleed software giant Microsoft and other big IT companies with reduced operating cost as its main bait in a financially unstable era. Google which is a big player is now the taking the markets off Microsoft, who knows someday Google might even launch its own Hardware to compete with IBM or other hardware makers. Toppling any rival in its path, its not hard to predict that Google would further dominate the IT industry, shoving away today's giants.

But cloud computing still needs a bit of thinking, If your applications would run on the internet then, your primary concern would be having an ultra fast connection, and that might add a bit of cost, and if connections go sluggish even for a moment you might have a bit of a problem. Unlike stand alone software applications, where you can work without any connection anywhere around the globe.

Cloud computing might also need more deliberation as to control the information being controlled, with cloud computing information would be vulnerable, specially of you do not take good care or take your security for granted. The big question would now be " are you willing to sacrifice your information at a very volatile environment? "the internet".


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