Two recent additions that are worthy for your consideration
are Joe Mullich’s pull-out section of the WSJ (12-7-10, pp.
B6-B10) I have not been able to find a link on the Internet,
yet) and Alternatives to Google docs for ‘cloud storage and
Mullich’s multi-page pull-out is valuable from many
perspectives. He points out in a graph ten high-level
uses of cloud computing and estimates how small,
medium and large sized companies apply the “cloud”
in each usage, namely:
Large companies: storage and email, but surprisingly
significant adoption in all 10 categories
Medium sized: email and security
Small-sized: security and email
It appears that this could be an area for emergence
if barriers for entry are reduced.
Mullich nicely describes the notion that there are
“several clouds,” just as Barabasi has proposed–
there are several ‘continents’ in the Internet
landscape. There are public and private clouds
and hybrid clouds. (Where Barabasi has a
central core continent and inward and outward
directed continents, Mullich uses the metaphor
of public and hybrid clouds. Where Barabasi
speaks of unaffiliated ‘continents’ Mullich
points to private clouds. Clouds seem to be
replacing ‘resident computers.’)
Mullich’s perspective is worth exploring.
PC World published an interesting perspective that
Google-docs are not the only format for cloud
document access and storage. Other formats
- Microsoft live mesh
- Windows live skydrive.
This is an evolving area that will continue to
grow as a tool box for all of us.
[Right now, I am invested in Google docs.]