is iCloud cloud computing?
Apple says iCloud stores your music, photos, apps, calendars, documents, and more. And wirelessly pushes them to all your devices — automatically. It’s the easiest way to manage your content. iCloud is so much more than a hard drive in the sky. It’s the effortless way to access just about everything on all your devices. iCloud stores your content so it’s always accessible from your iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Mac, or PC.* It gives you instant access to your music, apps, latest photos, and more. And it keeps your email, contacts, and calendars up to date across all your devices. No syncing required. No management required. In fact, no anything required. iCloud does it all for you.
But there is this other argument “is iCloud really Cloud Computing?”, Carl Brooks bursted in his post “Apple fuels cloud computing hype all over again”
You know what iCloud is? Streaming media. In other words, it’s a Web service. Not relevant to cloud; not even in the ballpark.
And you, IT person, grumpily reading this over your grumpy coffee and your grumpy keyboard, you have Apple to thank for turning the gas back on under the hype balloon. Now, when you talk about cloud to your CIO, CXO, manager or whomever, and their strange little face slowly lights up while they say, “Cloud? You mean like that Apple thing? My daughter has that…” and you have to explain it all over again, you will hate the words “cloud computing” even more.
However, according to gigaom, Apple’s idea is more that what Carl has described in his posts because of the iDataCenter idea which is set to cover about 500,000 square feet, Cost about $1 billion to build,puts a focus on high availability, including clustering technology.
I want to take the argument from here, Cloud storage is a model of networked online storage where data is stored on multiple virtual servers, generally hosted by third parties, rather than being hosted on dedicated servers. And this service is already been adopted and has big players in this space now like DropBox, Sugarsync e.t.c For me iCloud sounds more like a cloud storage and yes if thats allowed to be called “Cloud Computing” then iCloud is cloud computing too.
So what do you think, Does iCloud make the Cloud Computing terminology easier or clumsier?
Also, since we have players already on Cloud Storage, is it safe to say Apple sipped in some ideas from these guys?