The future of cloud computing is something that a great many people have spent a good amount of time pondering. We’re seeing a new trend in software deployment and flexibility goal sets, and as a result, the future may be a different one from what we once envisioned.
However, the future of cloud computing is not only recent to be pondered by computer scientists. Quite the contrary, the cloud model dates back to the 1960s as far as being a real theory for deployment.
Scientists of the 1960s envisioned computing being made available to common people, to revolutionize work, commerce and learning, in a way that didn’t really pan out in the start. They saw terminals, which were smaller devices than the then immense computer arrays, being connected from home and work through phone lines or other faster means.
We eventually saw results from this concept, with the internet being such a network of delivery, with PCs being terminals and servers being the cluster of mainframes delivering and relaying. However, this only applied to communications and later, to media. Software didn’t really follow suit, remaining a local service on a machine.
This caused a smaller form of the expense and scale problem the scientists of the 1960s were trying to work around, with individual machines being bound by specific power and scale limitations. Mobile devices are weaker than PCs, and some PCs are weaker than others by great disparities. Cloud computing is only now being taken seriously as a commercially viable model, to offload all but graphical processing and interface to remote arrays.
Of course, this was a gradual thing as email programs were replaced by email sites and media services were replaced by streams and the like. Google and Microsoft’s online editing and cloud storage software then paved the way for offices to adopt web based SaaS structures for most solutions they once had to install locally.
What, though, can we expect from the coming future of cloud computing? One of the most immediate applications will be medical. With cloud systems allowing omnipresence of patient and medical service contact, distance will no longer be a matter of life and death in most cases. Patient records are globally accessible to those with the clearance, and medical service will soon be rendered remotely thanks to cloud computing infrastructures and ever advancing robotics.
We can expect a rapid decline in corporate espionage and sabotage as well, as companies continue to adopt remote, abstract arrays as their computing infrastructure. It is no longer easy to attack anyone, nor is it easy to even decipher what to target in the first place. Security and this overblown fear of hackers and pirates will quickly become a thing of the past.
With cloud computing allowing the offsite rendering of graphics and logic, gaming will shift to the cloud, allowing any kind of game or definition of video media to be capable of being rendered by even the weakest device capable of talking over the internet.
This same ease of advanced display and logic through remoting will allow a vast increase in “smartness” of our environment in a lot of unique ways as well. However, the most interesting facet is probably augmented reality, which Google’s first attempt at was somewhat unsuccessful.
Time will tell what the future of cloud computing will bring, but it’ll sure be a fascinating show.