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Windows 7: Your tech career depends on preparing for the cloud

11 Jan 2011   #91
mr pc

Windows 7
 
 

So you think there will be dedicated "Clouds" for businesses in comparison to public "Clouds"
I'm guessing a big selling point is that you can access your personal or business data from anywhere you please- So this means you will be on separate "Cloud" structures seeing that business and public "Clouds" will be independent of each other for a myriad of reasons. You may get your personal data blocked/limited due to circumstances, but the business data is free to flow.

Now what about people who have data that intermingles? Not all work and personal stuff is divided nice and cleanly. These possible limitations/tiers/cut-offs could stifle productivity.

Imagine traveling the world and you're forced to access your "Cloud' all the way across the world just to open Solitaire


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11 Jan 2011   #92
Colonel Travis

Black Label 7 x64
 
 

Who knows what will happen, but I don't think what you put forth, Mr. PC, is entirely out of the question. I cannot imagine everyone on the planet will just throw up their hands and yield to a cloud-only world. Some of them probably won't have a choice, unfortunately, based on where they live. But I also don't think a lot of people know what's down the pike, or how fast it's headed.
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11 Jan 2011   #93
Dave76

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

There have been companies doing this for many years, one that I know had 'Cloud' (private servers accessed on the internet, use to be called intranet) simple data bases since 1985, the worlds first commercial intranet.
They have progressed to company server based apps mainly for Safety, Training, Service Quality, etc. The main core business proprietary apps are still run on local computers due to the nature of the business. A lot of remote location work.
There is a lot of real time viewing of data from remote locations via the internet, computer controlled machinery integrated for real time analyisis, business reporting, etc.

Private Cloud apps and data storage are nothing new to business.
Most companies have a real need for privacy, which has been possible for many years.

Having used this type of Cloud for many years I still wouldn't want my personal data/info on any Cloud.
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12 Jan 2011   #94
Colonel Travis

Black Label 7 x64
 
 

Dave76, you are correct. My wife works for a large company that operates the way you describe. My concern is not with that, but with how the rules will ultimately apply to businesses, gov't and consumers, in an Animal Farm kinda way - some clouds are more equal than others.
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12 Jan 2011   #95
Dave76

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

I agree, that is the big question about the masses jumping to the 'Cloud', big companies are still protecting there data by keeping it on there own servers.

What will happen to the average person's data when put on a server that they have no control over?
What will be the security level?
Who will have access and under what circumstances?

They will not all be equal on many levels.
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12 Jan 2011   #96
mr pc

Windows 7
 
 

oh yeah - hosted operations for businesses have been about for awhile. I have often worked for companies using those mode and apparently with little trouble.

But to integrate every system in the world just feels like overkill (especially if it truly isn't necessary)
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12 Jan 2011   #97
thehappyman

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Don't usually repeat myself, but the "Cloud Concept" is a total Joke for so many reasons. It will never happen and the people and corporations that think (or hope) this will happen are truly "In the Clouds"
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12 Jan 2011   #98
RST101

Windows 7 Ultimate x64.
 
 

Your tech career depends on you preparing for the millennium bug!

Cloud = fail

My stuff stays with me!
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12 Jan 2011   #99
BCXtreme

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

This article reminds me of the people who insist that someday Windows will be overtaken by Linux or Mac, push-button smartphones will permanently regain popularity, and digital distribution will die out. I see it all across every one of my fields of interest: people that support Idea X generally spend a lot of time and money boasting that someday very soon everyone will be using/following only Idea X and nothing else. And the reason they spend all that time and money is because, if you resign yourself to Idea X, you're essentially supporting it and helping it to rise up. It's kind of like a "self-fulfilling prophecy". They convince you that Idea X is inevitable so effectively, that that conviction ends up being what makes it inevitable.

One of my pet peeves is people like that who say "This is going to happen anyway, so you might as well give up fighting it." As a character in one of my favorite movies says, "No cause is lost. Not if there's still one fool left to fight for it." Each and every one of us will impact the future of technology with the dollars we spend. Cloud computing is not going to drag in the world's 7 billion people, kicking and screaming for local storage, no matter how determined a very few people are to see that happen.

And if the corporate tech world does decide to start a propaganda campaign aimed at making people think they want the Cloud, all the time, for everything, forever? The Internet is still open! All those of us who know the truth can and should fire back with everything we've got. Don't let articles like this one make you go "Oh well ... okay ... ".
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13 Jan 2011   #100
Dave76

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

+1 well said.

Sad part is, what percentage of the population will fall for that kind of advertising/brainwashing, far too many.
This will subside (probably not go away) as many other 'inevitable' tecnology paths have in the past. With storage becoming physically smaller, larger in volume and cheaper most people won't have any reason not to keep their own data storage.
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