Employing the cloud as the hub

Posted by on Sep 28, 2010 in Blog, Uncategorized | 0 comments

When I first started working for myself, I looked at what infrastructure I required, and then for available on-line services which could fulfill them.  The primary consideration was backup.  My computer was king.  If it all went to pot, I’d set up another computer, and, well, “The King is dead, long live the King”.  The paradigm shifted though when I recently bought my new smart phone.

I’m sure the first thing most people think of doing when they purchase a new computing device, is connect it to their computer and configure synchronisation.  To be honest, this was my expectation too, though I never really got that far.  Let me take on you a journey.

Once home from the shop, I unpacked it, and connected it to my WiFi.  I open up the app market, and being Android, it asks me to log into my google account.  As I’m hosting my email through Google Apps, I registered with my email address.  This lets me into the market, and I go about downloading several games (it’s a work tool I keep telling myself).  Now it’s time to look at connecting the device to my computer.  I go to the GMail app, to see what needs to be set up there, only to find my inbox already populated.  Upon further investigation, I find my contacts and calendar are also fully populated.  Cool, it’s grabbed it all from my Google Apps account.  I proceed to add my personal gmail account to to Android too, and there my personal email is, waiting for me in GMail.

It was only after a couple of days that it dawned on me that I’m working in a new paradigm.  No longer is my computer the center of my email/contact/calendar.  The cloud (in this case the Google bubble) is.  My computer and phone are simply remote devices, connecting to the main app, which is based in the cloud.  My phone doesn’t know about my computer, and my computer has no idea my phone exists.  Though if I read/delete/reply from either device, the other knows about the activity, and that’s the crux.  As me move to a more device agnostic world, we are able to spend more effort focused on the activity, which is where the main game is.  The relationship between individual devices will matter less and less, as employing the cloud as the hub will allow us to focus on the tasks instead.

I see this as a great boon for system architects.  By leveraging already implemented cloud services, not only do we speed up deployment, but also provide our clients with the opportunity to use their data and systems several years from now, in ways neither of us could have envisaged.  It’s a great new world and I’m excited to be part of it.

What projects are you working on at the moment, and how do you think moving the cloud to the center could help you?

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