Cloud computing Vs Personal storage

Cloud computing seems to be the buzzword du jour in the world of technology. Cloud computing is a new concept of computing that uses third party software and storage space provided by companies such as Google or Microsoft, to handle work that would normally be done on your desktop computer.

There’s certainly an interest here at the College to try and utilize this technology and the advantages are numerous: No maintenance, free storage, no software installation, no access restrictions. But while we continue to explore the options of Google Docs and MS Skydrive, there is also a backlash against using this new technology.

This Guardian article has GNU founder Richard Stallman giving his opinion on cloud computing, “It’s stupidity. It’s worse than stupidity: it’s a marketing hype campaign.

It also has Larry Ellison, founder of Oracle saying, “The interesting thing about cloud computing is that we’ve redefined cloud computing to include everything that we already do,” he said. “The computer industry is the only industry that is more fashion-driven than women’s fashion. Maybe I’m an idiot, but I have no idea what anyone is talking about. What is it? It’s complete gibberish. It’s insane. When is this idiocy going to stop?”

Is cloud computing just a fashionable fad in computing or will it revolutionise the way we use computers?

My main concern is the security of data put in the hands of third party companies, but with an incredible amount of data already out there on personal PCs (emails, bank details) and the increasing gaffs of data security breaches from personal hardware, maybe the ‘safe hands’ of Google would be a better idea?

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3 Responses to Cloud computing Vs Personal storage

  1. I personally like and encourage the idea of cloud computing. I already use Google Docs for a large proportion of word processing, maintaining my calendar/agenda and for email.

    Being able to do more and more tasks on the cloud appeals to me greatly, though I do foresee one large problem with it; bandwidth usage and ISPs. ISPs try to put holds on any revolutionary technology that exposes flaws within their services. Often flaws that emerge through a lack of reinvestment of funds in favour of the shareholder.

  2. martin king says:

    Jonny – I jus realised that your pic on the blog is certainly looking skyward

  3. Bodgerboo says:

    I’m always sceptical about someone looking after my important documents for “free”. There is no question that cloud computing has its benefits for some, not for me!

    A recent example of services being withdrawn and people being left up shit creek without their files has recently been demonstrated by the AOL.

    http://info.aol.co.uk/hometown/product-notification/

    Although most users of this service were people maintaining small websites and blogs (like this one), many of them have lost a lot of very personal information(pictures,diaries e.t.c). I can only presume the service has been shut down due to market forces but who knows what market forces will be in the future.

    I do use some virtual apps, storage facilities and stuff like that, I dont trust them so make sure Its all backed up on my setup, sort of defeats the object dosent it.

    Jonny, hope all your blogs are backed up “locally”

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