One of the primary purposes of my blogging has been to keep abreast of mobile computing trends. And one of the most important trends in mobile today is the development and evolution of netbooks.
As I’ve discovered, netbooks have the potential to reshape how, when and where we use computers. Their diminutive size and shape seem ideally suited for all types of professionals, but the size also means that this new class of computers creates a real demand for emerging technologies such as Software As An Application (SAAP) and moving features that were once local up into the clouds.
If you talk to netbook product managers you find they’ve already compiled and are ready to recommend various cloud-based applications. But there is still a couple of flies in the cloud-based ointment. The most obvious may be the search for secure, reliable long-tern cloud-based storage solutions.
I have yet to have a netbook product manager answer a fundamental question: “What cloud-based storage provider can provide storage for remote employees and provide corporate managers who want to deploy netbooks with assurances that the data will be both secure and available when it’s needed in the years to come?”
The answers to these straight forward questions may provide key marketing messages for any future cloud-based storage provider. They also could force such providers into incredibly transparent relationships with customers.
I’ve turned to twitter searching for background information on strategic issues in cloud computing and found someone whose posts have helped me gain a better understanding of what’s on the horizon and how various vendors and analysts are defining this important category.
The best resource I’ve found so far is a young Chinese woman in Silicon Valley with a master’s in public administration who's on top of cloud computing. She posts under the twitter name of Dexin here. If you want great information on cloud computing, I recommend you follow her, now.—Jim Forbes 02/19/2009