lunes, 29 de septiembre de 2008

Is cloud computing a trap?

When I read this article on the web [1] (Richard Stallman said that cloud computing is a trap) I just said, woow!!!, I didn’t see that point.  Why?, because I am so on the cloud, I store all my data and use web’s apps every time.  I even argued with my colleagues and friends the need of an operating system designed for the cloud computing (I still think that companies could save a lot of money and computer resources if they could have a cloud computing OS that use all the power of all the computers of a company, because normally the employees use apps that run on servers, many tasks that do the servers could be done by lazy computers on the company’s net) and to be used for the common users,  I think that Google might be developing one and that makes sense, all their products are for the web, they already have hundreds of thousands of computers, this type of OS need to bootstrap and manage a few local tasks in the pc, the strong part of this possible new OS is the connection with the cloud and manage to use the huge power of the cloud to assign tasks to be performed there (like rendering a bunch of pictures to make a movie, lot of resources is needed for that specific task).

We need to access to our information everywhere and with any kind of devices, that’s true,  but is to risky to upload all our data on web servers owned by a specific corporation, that’s a trap,  what could happen if one of those companies go off?, who is the really owner of the information, the cloud computing company or the users?, and there are plenty of questions related to that issue. 

"It's stupidity. It's worse than stupidity: it's a marketing hype campaign," [1]. "One reason you should not use web applications to do your computing is that you lose control," he said [Richard Stallman]. "It's just as bad as using a proprietary program. Do your own computing on your own computer with your copy of a freedom-respecting program. If you use a proprietary program or somebody else's web server, you're defenceless. You're putty in the hands of whoever developed that software." [1]. Those sentences summarize the fact that is a trap and our digital footprint could be there forever.

UPDATE: I was thinking that Stallman has a lot of reasons to believe that cloud computing is a trap, but the information (data) has to be 'ubicuity', is there another model beside the cloud computing? . 

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