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Edition 1, Volume 21
“Cloud” – Not Just a White, Fluffy Thing Anymore
Once upon a time, the word “cloud” [kloud] meant, “a visible collection of particles of water or ice suspended in the air, usually at an elevation above the earth’s surface.” (http://dictionary.com). Now it means much more.
From a techie standpoint, “cloud” (aka cloud computing) has become synonymous with a place in cyberspace where all computing, communication, and entertainment are accessed, and all (or almost all) information and applications are stored. And yes, Virginia, it is the wave of the future.
Take, for example, the new Macbook Pro. If you’ve looked at one recently you’ve probably noticed there is no disk drive. This leaves you with one of two options: 1) purchase an external disk drive and hook it up to the Macbook via USB port; or, 2) using cloud technology, download and/or upload that which you use to find on a CD or DVD.
Soon will come a day when all computer software will come from a cloud rather than bought in a store. CDs and DVDs will become retro. Movies will be streamed into personal libraries rather than be purchased at brick and mortar facilities. Books will be accessed and read from ebook readers or directly from clouds. And hard drives will only be necessary to house operating systems and minor program data because all the rest will be part of cloud technology.
Not sure how it will work? Just look at the iPod, iPad, tablet, digital ebook reader (such as Kindle and Nook), and iPhone/Android cell phone. They are already an attest to this type of application.
Cloud computing still has a way to go before it can assure the public of 100% cyberspace security as well as access to data from anywhere in the world. But kid yourself not, the time it is a comin’ when it will become the “norm” and mega drives, as well as CDs and DVDs, will become as obsolete as the record, 8-track, and cassette of the past.