A bright future for cloud computing The general trend in the evolution of the PC is towards higher speed, greater multitasking capabilities, PCs that are smaller, more lightweight and easier to carry, increased data storage capability, and lower electricity consumption; at the same time, PCs are running more and larger software applications. In the last 3 – 4 years, as the Internet has grown, mobile Internet access has become much more convenient to use. Even more importantly, there has been a gradual improvement in the quality of cloud computing services. Consumers are starting to ask themselves whether they really need a PC with high computing performance built in.
The emphasis in the Netbook products that have become so popular over the last few years is on slim, small, lightweight design and convenient mobile Internet access; the marketing of these products is not based on ultra-fast computing speed or huge data storage capability. This reflects the fact that, in the era of cloud computing, both computing and data storage can be entrusted to the cloud. If you need particular software, you can access it via the cloud, and then have the results transmitted to your PC; there is no longer any need to make sure that you have every single function built into your PC as an all-in-one device. As PCs get simpler, the price can be expected to fall, stimulating new demand and bringing about a major transformation of the IT market as a whole.
In the future, as the “smart environment” is gradually perfected, there will be a pronounced change in what individuals expect from their PCs. In the future, a mobile computer may not even need to have a built-in computing capability at all; it may be enough for the device to be able to access information from the various types of smart device that surround it. The issue that will be of most importance to IT consumers in the future will be the quality of the information that they receive. Terminal devices will not necessarily need to possess powerful computing capabilities; terminal devices will take many different forms, which will not necessarily bear much resemblance to today’s notebook PCs and tablet PCs. What they will need to provide is support for broadband Internet access. The new model that this trend will give rise to has been described as the “device and service” model.
By Li Luo