July 21, 2011
Data Storage in the Post-PC World
This past March, when Steve Jobs presented us with OSX Lion and the iPad 2, he used a phrase that really stood out for me. He stated that Apple had, “stepped into the 'post-PC' era”. Today, OSX Lion was officially released and I thought I'd revisit that very statement to understand what exactly post-PC computing really means for us as consumers and how it will change the way we approach data storage.
Storing personal information is probably one of the biggest issues in PC computing. There are tons of problems that we encounter with storing our own data, the most important being reliability. The Post-PC solution? The cloud. For the past 15 years or so, technical limitations have shaped us into depending on our own hardware for storage of all of our personal data. Whether it be a hard-drive for music, or a flash-drive for power-point presentations, we owned the hardware, we troubleshooted any problems we had, or, if worse came to worse, we dealt with the crippling feeling of data loss.
What cloud-based storage does is shift the maintenance of data-storing hardware from consumers to companies and data-technicians resulting in more reliable storage and 24/7 professional troubleshooting. Ultimately this leaves you, the consumer, with a peace of mind, knowing that your data is safe and secure.
This is huge not only because it makes data more reliable, but it also paves the way for other forward-thinking cloud-based solutions like ChromeOS. Google took the cloud to a whole new level by offering an operating system that is entirely cloud-based. All of your documents, bookmarks, music, pictures, are all located on Google's secure servers, meaning that if your laptop was stolen or if you dropped it, your data would be completely okay.
And It only gets better: the more we depend on cloud storage for our data, the less we will depend on mass-storage devices like internal hard-drives on our own laptops and mobile devices. Our laptops will become lighter, more reliable, and more environmentally friendly. As a result, this paradigm shift completely changes the way we look at at data storage and productivity.
As we just moved all of our servers to the cloud, we look forward to seeing the future of post-PC computing.
If you have any questions on cloud-based services or need suggestions on how to transition your business to becoming more post-PC, don't hesitate to contact us at WebConnection!