Subscribe free to our newsletters via your
. 24/7 Space News .




TECH SPACE
SciTechTalk: In the cloud we trust?
by Jim Algar
Washington DC (UPI) Feb 05, 2012


disclaimer: image is for illustration purposes only

A report from Apple that 85 million people have signed up for its iCloud service is an indication a significant number of computer users are willing -- even happy -- to entrust their personal data, from documents to music to last summer's vacation snaps, to other digital hands.

While not a new concept, Apple's iCloud and its undeniable success shows the extent to which people are willing to trust "the cloud" -- servers in a dedicated facility possibly thousands of miles away -- to hold their data, not as a backup of what's on their own hard drives but as the sole repository of their digital lives.

In addition to Apple's offering, Microsoft says 17 million people a month use its SkyDrive service, and Dropbox reportedly has more than 50 million users.

Similar cloud services for users' music are available from Amazon and Google, all a part of a "cloud" trend that seems unstoppable.

Of course, before the phrase "cloud computing" was coined, off-site data storage was widely available, although it was normally considered a "belt-and-suspenders" form of backup of material users held on their own computers.

The difference with the cloud is that many people seem confident enough in it to make cloud storage of both their important data and their applications the only versions, calling programs and files up on their computers, tablets or smartphones when needed but surrendering them back to the cloud when they don't.

While trust in the cloud seems present and growing, some of the qualities and technologies behind cloud computing present potential difficulties for individual users.

First and foremost is that cloud computing requires a dependable Internet connection. With so many people now working from their homes, this can be a problem, as even the most reliable ISP's will have down time occasionally. If your programs and data are on your own hard drive, you can keep working until the problem is fixed. If not, however, no Internet means no cloud; no cloud means no work.

And even with a working Internet, cloud computing can be slow, getting in the way of desired workflow. Programs and files can load more slowly than if they were being accessed locally, leading to frustration.

And of course there's the question of the security. Cloud service providers all claim enhanced security because data is replicated across multiple machines.

In the end, it will come down to trust -- and to what users want.

Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook has said he has no doubt what they want.

"I see it as a fundamental shift, recognizing that people had numerous devices, and they wanted the bulk of their content in the cloud, and easily accessible from all of the devices. I think we're seeing the response from that, and with 85 million customers in just three months, it is just not a product. It is a strategy for the next decade," Cook said.

Many users seem willing to take that -- on trust.

.


Related Links
Space Technology News - Applications and Research






Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle




Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News





TECH SPACE
Quantum physics enables perfectly secure cloud computing
Vienna, Austria (SPX) Jan 23, 2012
Researchers have succeeded in combining the power of quantum computing with the security of quantum cryptography and have shown that perfectly secure cloud computing can be achieved using the principles of quantum mechanics. They have performed an experimental demonstration of quantum computation in which the input, the data processing, and the output remain unknown to the quantum computer ... read more


TECH SPACE
Manned Moon Shot Possible by 2020

NASA Mission Returns First Video From Lunar Far Side

A Moon Colony by 2020

U.S. Presidential Hopeful Promises Moon Base by 2020

TECH SPACE
Russia May Run Repeat Mission to Phobos

U.K. study: Mars surface too dry for life

Radio Doppler Tracking Continues at Cape York

Russia May Repeat Mars-500 Simulation on Space Station

TECH SPACE
Precision space maneuvers

How Do You Fight Fire in Space?

NASA Receives Final NRC Report On Space Technology Roadmaps

Final Call to Register and Win Suborbital Research Flight

TECH SPACE
China's satellite navigation sector annual output predicted to reach 35 bln USD in 2015

China plans to launch 21 rockets, 30 satellites this year

Shenzhou 9 Behind the Curtain

China Plans to Launch 30 Satellites in 2012

TECH SPACE
Next manned ISS mission to launch May 15: Russia

Capsule failure delays ISS crew mission

Russia to postpone next manned space launch: official

Russia will replace Soyuz for next ISS mission: source

TECH SPACE
SpaceX flight to ISS could be late March: NASA

Feb 13 set as new date for Europe's Vega rocket

Launch of Proton-M with Dutch Satellite Postponed

First Vega rocket assembled on launch pad

TECH SPACE
Elements of ExoPlanets

New super-Earth detected within the habitable zone of a nearby star

Russia to Start Own Search for Extrasolar Planets

Planets Circling Around Twin Suns

TECH SPACE
Samsung condemns 'anti-Iran' ad featuring its tablet

Engine Failure Behind Meridian Satellite Crash

Program Glitch Led to Russian Mars Probe Failure

SciTechTalk: In the cloud we trust?




The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2014 - Space Media Network. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement