by Paul Rudo on 24/04/12 at 4:04 pm
The cloud has come to stay in our cyber-world. As the internet becomes bigger and more available everywhere, we would soon be working in a totally different computing paradigm, encompassing our work, pleasure and other aspects of our lives. The term “cloud computing” could be new but it had started long back with the email servers in the early years. Enterprise solutions and online solutions too have been forerunners in this area. But looking ahead, where really is the computing market heading to? Google has always tried to stay ahead with whatever they are on, in this race to network the world.
The World Wide Cloud
We see that Google Docs, one of their services, now include 1GB of storage space for a user. Competing closely is Amazon Cloud Drive and iCloud. Dropbox that had started their service earlier offers 2GB for users. The market is expanding and new players will join the ball game or rather in the cloud game. To get an idea of how big a market is, take Dropbox which is valued at $4 billion dollars and earns millions in revenue.
Google Apps users have been using the cloud from the beginning. Google is making fully available their apps offline too. They will soon be launching their online storage service that will store files online on the cloud. No need to store on your PC’s hard drive. It will be called Drive and available for all Google account holders. It’s going to be free but large storage may be charged. As such Google Docs lets users have 1 GB of storage. Although Google may be late in introducing the service of G-Drive, it is surely a formidable competitor to others.
Google Play is yet another introduction with a web-based system which in effect replaces the Android Market and has more features. In this system you can purchase anything from apps, books, music, movies, Google content products and all entertainment content. You can sync files too on Play. Store up to 20,000 songs to access freely any-time.
Virtualisation was the major technological development that triggered the “cloud computing” trend on the World Wide Web. Coming to today’s scenario once the synchronisation of desktop-to-cloud gets integrated with mobile-to-cloud, a whole new phenomenon of business and services can develop into a new multi dimensional trend.
The scope for IaaS (infrastructure as a service), SaaS (software as a service) and PaaS (platform as a service) will further be expanded. Of course for seamless operations we have to solve the problem of sharing files and working on applications between or sandwiching the major operating systems such as Windows, Linux, Mac, Android and even Chrome OS. Businesses or services could move applications to the cloud strategically. One way is to replace using SaaS. Another is to revise using PaaS or IaaS. Yet another way is to refactor for PaaS. Or they may re-host using IaaS.
All said, Google has that potential and advantage to become a massive service provider, when putting together services for consumers and commercial users. The web giant with its Google Public DNS has now become the largest DNS service in the world, handling a report over 70 billion domain name system requests every day.
Google is acknowledged as perhaps the world’s largest open-source code contributor. Considering 250,000 hosted projects, it is the world’s largest repository of open-source projects. Android tops with 10 million lines of code. Chrome has 2 million lines of code. In the list of 2011 Fortune Global 500, Google is ranked 325 amongst the world’s largest companies.
When we think of the internet we are actually thinking of connectivity. Connectivity too has taken new strides with mobile phone telecommunications and satellite technology. Advancing to higher levels and super-speeds, it gives the consumer’s a constant and consistent online presence. Additionally, the gadgets like smart phones and tablets are becoming popular and more powerful. We will be seeing a world easily connected to the web as per requirements of users and the expanding infrastructure available from various providers. Definitely this provides a wider growth of all online services and products by adding a new dimension to its functionality. Another factor is that when organisations and users seek to migrate to the cloud their services or functioning, owing to technological advantages, or long term considerations, or cost effectiveness, they will again stimulate growth and expansion of the cloud infrastructure. Again Google apparently could get the biggest share of the pie.
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