Cloud computing, what’s the point?

For a long time I was, like most people, of the opinion that there didn’t seem to be much point in cloud computing. After all, I’ve got loads of storage on my computer in the office, 3.5tb of additional hard disk space, and ample storage on my laptop which I carry around when I’m out and about. Best of all… IT”S ALL MINE! As a society we seem to have an obsession with ownership. Houses, cars, data, software… if we spend some money we want to own it. But why? I can understand it with houses (although not so much so at the moment). But a couple of months ago, the penny dropped. If I back-up my data on a cloud, it’s always there for me, wherever I am, on whatever device… and best of all the backup/security issues are someone else’s problem! Same with software – Salesforce, Kashflow, Highrise, Ghost, dotmac. updates, installation they’re all someone else’s problem. So, to embrace this, and see if I can live the dream I’ve invested in a Netbook (Linux of course) with only an 8gb SSD… no room for anything but the operating system. Freed from the need for hard drives I can travel light, both phisically and metaphorically, and have huge battery life. Soooooo liberating. I love it. It really is the future of computing, and with the Mobinnova Beam and Google’s chrome OS coming out next year there will be more and more reason to adopt the cloud...