Cloud computing – the current buzz in IT. It seems that computing technology is taking its it turn to what it used to be in earlier days. But, in a newer trendy way. Even 10 years back, computers were mere desktops for doing works for us. Though there were may instances of interesting subjects on computing, it wasn’t until the Internet evolved at such a speed.
I still remember the sound of my 33.6 kbps US Robotics modem for establishing a dial up connection with my ISP over our lone PSTN line. Once I am in, no one in the house can make or receive a phone call. At that time, I used to chat using IRC channels. And send receive emails using Eudora. It was like a magic when I used to receive emails from my friends or relatives from abroad. In due time, I graduated as a user of hotmail and replaced my US Robotics modem with local UTP connection, which promised a higher speed but with uncertain service quality.
After using various dial up services an unpredictable UTP based LAN services for Internet, I finally switched to a ADSL connection. Now its better but speed is still not there. In the meantime, I switched to a full fledged Google user from a die hard hotmail user. It its really amazing that how Google started to offer various services like docs calendars sites etc. In the meantime I have turned my home intro a wireless network. Day by day my computing practice has become a necessity rather than a working tool.
Like many others computing now has become an utility for me not a mare working tool. Its something like the electricity that I am using and my home and office. Without it everything has halted.
Though the usage of computing thus computers has changed dramatically in last 10 years, it’s the Internet, which changed the whole era. Through Internet one can take him in the deep knowledge box to browse for information. What cannot be done? From electronic purchase, banking transaction, medical assistance, great infotainment, what not.
However, even after such innovative services and products computing were missing something – a convergence a transformation of communication. Once we started to user computing resources to communicate in the form of electronic mails, online meetings, video sharing – then the true sense of technological evolution can be seen.
With convergence of Information Technology and Communication Technology, I believe, we have opened up another dimension of life for us. Thus, making the computing a utility not a value added service. Internet is not a simple computing product anymore it is the Utility computing.