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Cloud Computing: The Mainframe Reincarnated
I see this whole cloud computing movement as nothing more than a reincarnation of the classic mainframe client-server model
By: Andi Baritchi
Dec. 16, 2008 07:15 AM
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Then came the advent of the personal computer (PC). Now the computing power and storage was in your home. We gained the ability to work at home, but lost the mobility to work from anywhere - there's no server to sync with. Thus the notebook.
Since history does tend to repeat itself cyclically, I see this whole cloud computing movement as nothing more than a reincarnation of the classic mainframe client-server model. People want painless access to their data and applications from wherever they are, from whatever electronic gizmo they happen to be using. Sometimes we're on a computer. A laptop. A desktop. A smartphone. A smartTV. A smartfridge. A smartcar...?
For this computing paradigm to work, everything needs to be synchronized to a central server, with minimal intelligence being stored on the portable device. The only reason for the storage is caching for times of non-connectivity (insert TSA rant here).
The two smartest companies out there that I see capitalizing on this pendulum movement are Apple and Google. Apple's
As a side note, this is a very exciting time for me being a security and privacy guy. This feverish movement
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