The Network as Operating Systems in the Cloud

The Network as Operating Systems in the Cloud

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

The current concept of personal computing is based on a system of hardware and software itself that is installed on it and stored on hard drives. But cloud computing services can begin to change the concept of operating systems.
So far “the network” is a complement to our device. In this case we will focus on personal computers. Today it does not seem surprising that using a computer without internet is not really very interesting. Internet came and changed everything in a few years.

Interestingly there are things that have changed since then, despite how much we’ve evolved our use of computers. For example, most documents, photographs, videos and generally everything that we are used to store, we keep on hard drives, optical media and USB flash drives. This often creates the situation where we have to continually organize copies of security and try to organize our content as much as possible, even buying new devices from time to time that offer more capacity.

To download a 5MB file on internet was a real pain in the past, but the speed of most connections in the world has changed enormously and connection speeds reaching transfer rates of 1.5MB per second have become common, and currently the connections that use optical fibers, allow us to have download speed of up to 5Mb per second at home or office.

Wouldn’t it be great to have access to any of our files regardless of where we are without having to carry our storage devices? This is the basic idea of cloud, which allows to store many of our files in the cloud, thus being always within our reach from any internet connection.

Cloud computing is the only system with similar ideas based on network storage, but we will go a little further. The concept does not depend on a complex hardware system locally, but computers and operating systems hosted on the network that makes it easy to use. These operating systems are really something like a high-performance browser that give us access to a complete system, but all processing of information is performed remotely. You could say that they are like a website that allows us to contain our files and through which we can see and edit all of our content, while maintaining a usability similar to those found in conventional operating systems like Windows or MAC.

It is true that this concept presents some problems because it is still not possible to have internet everywhere. Also, depending on how big your files are, which not only need an internet connection but a proper speed, which remains a major drawback.

What will happen when all these systems have a permanent connection to the internet? The possibilities can be enormous. This can make us think that in the near future we will not need to care much about the computer from which we access in a functional way, as all will have a permanent connection. By simply entering our username and password on any device, we will have access to all our information anywhere in the world.

This may mean that the Internet is no longer a tool, or another means to truly become the universal system-wide global information without relying on specific devices.

It seems clear that there are things to improve in technology for these realities and in many points, can be a real standard and become the future of personal computing, but if all the giants of the industry see this as the future path.

Author Name – Pravin Ganore
Company – ESDS Software Solution Pvt. Ltd

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