Managing Files Stored in the Cloud
Posted by Scoroncocolo January 1, 2010
What's going to be big in 2010? Well, Google Wave for one thing, but our migration to the Cloud will top the list of the biggest tech trends of 2010.
What's going to be big in 2010? Well, Google Wave for one thing, but our migration to the Cloud will top the list of the biggest tech trends of 2010. Cloud computing is the future. My crystal ball tells me that we will, in the near future, leave our land-based Operating Systems behind and move entirely into the Cloud. A year from now this migration to the Cloud will be number one on the list of how our computational world has changed in the last 365 days.
Off the Desktop and Into the Cloud
Before this year is over Google plans to have on the market it's challenge to Microsoft Windows. It will be a complete Operating System that will be an extension of its new Web browser, Google Chrome. This Google Chrome OS will operate solely in the Cloud. You will no longer install programs on your hard drive, rather you will access your customized versions of those programs on the Internet. Google envisions that in the near future almost all of our data will move from our hard drives onto servers across the Internet. Very soon, every program that you use for work, social interaction or entertainment will be available as a Web application. I'm not foolish enough to believe that Microsoft Windows is in jeopardy of having its dominance supplanted anytime soon by Google Chrome OS. But even Microsoft knows that the future of computing is moving away from the Desktop and into the Cloud. Just look at all of the Microsoft applications that have recently migrated to the Cloud - Windows Live Mesh, Live Sync, Skydrive and Windows Azure.
Back in September of '09 I published a page on this site called Backup Your Files to the Cloud for Free. In that page I described a number of ways that you could do just that using Web storage applications like Windows Live Skydrive, Box.net, Syncplicity, Google Docs, Google's Picasa and some others. At the bottom of that page I wrote a short piece about Gladinet Cloud Desktop. Gladinet is an increasingly popular, free, stand-alone application that you can download from Cnet, Download.com or a number of other places that gathers all of your files and folders scattered throughout the Cloud and places them on your PC's Desktop. It's a truly amazing piece of software.