The future's Bright, The Future's Cloudy?

What is Cloud Computing?

Like all good modern technological advancements this was first thought of many years before it could actually be implemented in fact the original concept dates back to the 1960's when John McCarthy said that "computation may someday be organized as a public utility."

Amazon played a key role in the development of cloud computing by modernising their data centers, which, like most computer networks, were using only as much as 10% of their capacity at any one time, just to leave room for occasional spikes. Having found that the new cloud architecture resulted in greater internal efficiency improvements whereby small, fast-moving "two-pizza teams" could add new features faster and more easily, Amazon started a new product development effort to provide cloud computing to external customers, and launched Amazon Web Service on a utility computing basis in 2006. The first exposure of the term Cloud Computing to public media is by Google Ex CEO Eric Schmidt at SES San Jose 2006.

Amongst the customer base were  Pfizer, Netflix, Foursquare, Quora, and Reddit

In 2007, Google and IBM along with a number of universities embarked on a large-scale research project on cloud computing. In early 2008, Eucalyptus became the first open-source, AWS API-compatible platform for deploying private clouds. In early 2008, OpenNebula, enhanced in the RESERVOIR European Commission-funded project, became the first open-source software for deploying private and hybrid clouds. By mid-2008 the opportunity could be seen for cloud computing to shape the relationship among consumers of IT services, those who use IT services and those who sell them and noticed that organisations were switching from company-owned hardware and software assets to per-use service-based models.

The Future's Almost Present

Google have launched their new Chrome OS which offers very little offline capabilities except for a browser and media player and tiny amount of hard drive storage. If your the kind of person that uses the internet and thats it then the Chromebook is for you and it will always be fast because you do everything online and save it all to the cloud. I know this will take off and we all will be using the cloud at home as well as at work or school and I get why there is a tiny amount of offline storage and capabilities, to show how much you can use Nay! need to use the cloud but in my opinion it's to early to convince everyone to use the cloud for everything so if they had greater offline storage and capabilities you would see a steady and increasing trend towards the cloud.

One question will always remain though how safe is your information in the cloud?

What are your thoughts on "The Cloud"? what do you think the future will hold for the average computer user?
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