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Cloud Computing: Rise of the Storm

“Cloud Computing” is the talk of the net these days. Unfortunately, very few people actually know what it means. According to Wikipedia it is

Cloud computing is a style of computing in which dynamically scalable and often virtualized resources are provided as a service over the Internet.[1][2][3][4][not in citation given] Users need not have knowledge of, expertise in, or control over the technology infrastructure in the “cloud” that supports them.[5]

So what does all that mean? It means that your data and your means to access them reside on computers that aren’t yours and are not under your control. Personally I’m not comfortable with the concept. Something in me balks at the thought of not having access to my data anywhere and everywhere I may want it, when I want it.

Despite common misconception, the internet and internet access is NOT all pervasive. It is not always available everywhere and not everyone has broadband speed. Cloud computing is closely tied with the concept of Software as a service. Personally I don’t feel I should have to pay for access to my information and data. Google has so far taken the lead in providing this “Cloud”. Google calendar, Google Doc’s, etc,..

While these things may have their uses, they have more pitfalls than I am willing to contend with. Imagine if your internet connection goes out or if you simply can’t pay the bill to the ISP this month. Your data is locked up and useless. If you can’t access it, you can’t use it. Personally I like to keep total control of my data. I don’t even use web mail. I have accounts at most of the big services, I use them mainly to keep spam out of my primary inbox.

I’ll be keeping control of my data thanks and will not be entrusting it to any of the online versions.

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