Everything is becoming Cloud Connected 

We don’t have to stray far now to find internet access somewhere. Whether it’s your home broadband, office internet, even on your mobile phone, the largest ever information resource in the world is only a click away.

This is starting to open up new possibilities, where the traditional storage of information moves away from your home or office computer to a cloud based solution, somewhere on the internet.

The drawback is you need internet access to get to it (but that drawback is minimising as every day passes).

The massive benefit is that your information is available wherever you can get internet access. Think of gmail or google apps for example. Before this era, you would have to install your own software on a single machine (multiple if you’re lucky and had the luxury of affording the licensing costs) and then you are subject to various different versions and compatibility concerns, not least having then to keep the software uptodate, and to back up your data, which would only be available in one place.

Let’s take internet email in the cloud as an example. In a traditional sense, you would download email from the internet using software installed on your PC (say at home). Once your email is downloaded, it is on your PC. If you then needed to access the email from work, for example, you’d have to find a way to get access to your PC – unless you have a laptop and take it with you, it will generally be more hassle than it’s worth.

  • If your PC crashes, or fails and loses the data, your email is gone (without backups)
  • You can’t access it easily anywhere other than home

Now with cloud-based internet email, it is stored on a server in the cloud (securely and robustly, as reputable providers invest in high resilience equipment).

Add to this a web-browser interface to your email, and you can access it from anywhere with an internet connection. Amazing!

Even more amazing – imagine when you next log in to your cloud email, you have the very latest updates and features available in the software, without you having to license or download anything to any computer!

More and more software is moving in this direction, and more and more developers are starting to realise the benefits of developing for the web and having the most available (in terms of accessibility from various devices) and increasing reach of their software to anywhere on the planet with internet access. Add to this the ability to discover and respond to issues in software and automatically fix the issue just once for everyone, and you can clearly see the potential.

Generating revenue and software piracy concerns are also somewhat diminished, with a subscription based model. This creates a benefit for everyone :

  • the end user since a smaller regular amount is more affordable than a large outlay (and further upgrade costs, and need to have latest hardware and operating systems),
  • the developer since they can collect recurring revenue and risk of piracy and subsequent loss of revenue is eradicated.

We will gradually see more and more ‘cloud’ deployments in coming time, I’m convinced of it, and even as Televisions are getting inbuilt internet connectivity now as I speak, it won’t be long before everything is connected to the cloud.

Even Televisions are getting inbuilt internet connectivity now!
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