Google-Apple cloud computing?

“In his new book “The Big Switch: Rewiring the World, from Edison to Google,” computer industry writer and former executive editor of the Harvard Business Review Nicholas G. Carr discusses the changes he sees in the future of computing. One of the more dramatic changes is a shift to cloud computing — where applications and files are stored on a large, centralized supercomputer or network. The end user accesses his or her files using computers that are more streamlined but less sophisticated than today’s typical machines,” Chris Pollette writes for Howstuffworks.

“On October 17, 2007, Carr took the idea a step further in a posting on his Rough Type blog. He called out two hot technology companies, Google and Apple, and said they were on the verge of a partnership in which Apple would make an inexpensive piece of hardware users could carry around. This would leverage the computing power of the vast data centers Google has been building to hold the applications and the data for millions of users,” Pollette writes.

Pollette asks, “Could a Google/Apple team make cloud computing a widespread phenomenon? And if they move forward, what’s in it for Google and Apple? The biggest question of all: If they build the cloud computer, will anyone use it?”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Buffalo2001” for the heads up.]

52 Comments

  1. I feel more comfortagle knowing all my personal data is encrupted and residingon the hard drive in my laptop/living room, not somehwere on someone else’s hard drive.
    Am I being old fashioned / paranoid here?

  2. Just what I want. All my files sitting in some Google warehouse where the bad guys can find it. Not secure; not secure enough; never will be secure enough for most people let alone corporations or the government. Too much all knowing big brother.

  3. I personally hope this prediction fails to come true. I don’t like the idea of not actually having my applications local as sometimes network is unavailable, other times it can be very, very slow… even on our company’s T1. Not to mention that the work I do is very, very processor and memory intensive and the thought of computers becoming ‘streamlined’ makes me uncomfortable, to say the least.

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