Recently cloud computing is a rising trend now in computer world. It looks like this will not be only limited to our personal computers. Rumors are going around that now manufacturers consider applying cloud computing to mobile phones. Cloud computing might sound fancy now and it is shown as a new technology to the customers, however its fundamentals are the same with our old UNIX systems.
To give a brief explanation about old UNIX network, it will be sufficient to remind “terminals” which consist of a screen and a keyboard. At that time, each user had a username and a password and reach the host servers through the terminals. Users emails, documents and every personal data was saved on the host servers. This era came to an end when personal computers crashed the party where every user has their own computer with processors and storage. Cloud computing can be described as the old UNIX system. Its theoretical plan is to have main processor sites that are build out of super computers and user can use this vast computing power through the network. It is now more applicable as we have faster internet connection around the globe.
The need of applying cloud computing came out of improving the cell phones computing power as well as battery efficiency. First of all, now we have smart phones, however they lack computing power compared to our computers at home or work. Also, everyone can realize that when you actually do something with your mobile that uses its processor, the battery life decreases dramatically. Grid computing comes into play at this point providing the needed computing muscle and as it will only use data connection there won’t be mass consumption of battery. This can be useful right now as connection speed is sufficient with 3G and beyond. However, users would really like to participate in grid computing?
At first, it might seem like there is no reason for a user to say no to grid computing as it promises lower prices for mobile phones with powerful processors and long battery life. However, there is a big down side for gird computing. This downside is that, users whole data including personal private information will be held in main host sites. Your text messages, your emails, your music, your documents will be held in main storage areas. This situation will allow your personal data to be more reachable by third parties which compromises personal privacy. It will also enable law forces to search personal data in need of a research easily without a notification.
As a overall impression, I would say cloud computing for personal devices is not a good choice nor good service as cloud computing eliminates the very foundation of “personal”. However, I think this refurbished technology can be a promising tool for Enterprise level clients.