Dec 102010
 
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In an article about the Google Operating System over on FoxNews it discusses the end of traditional hard disks as the Laptops with Google Chrome OS do not require or come with a traditional hard drive at all.  We are talking about an entire Operating System that records and stalls all data on cloud servers other than having locally stored information on SD or solid ram soldered into the laptop itself.  An entire operating system where most of it came from the cloud, the Google Chrome OS can go from powered off to sign in screen in 7 seconds.

Cloud Operating Systems are virtually piracy proof as they will have to connect with network servers to validate routinely, but I am concerned with security of having so much data stored in a cloud environment honestly.  We are talking about devices that basically cannot function completely without having broadband access to the Internet and data breaches can compromise more data in a cloud environment than they ever could on a single users computer (though arguable a cloud environment should be more secure it is also a much more likely target).

Still, laptops and notebooks will follow in the way of iPad, Galaxy Tablet and other devices which don’t use hard disks and store most of the data in solid RAM.  SSD drives though not using a platter are technically drives and will likely be the normal until their capacity can rival platters which will continue to be used for external storage or running software that requires massive amounts of space or information.  Some PC games take 7GB installation now and imagine when PC games start arriving on Blu Ray and require 20-40GB of installation just to play the game, this would seem to be contrary to the idea of doing away with hard drives entirely unless the media were fast enough to load and run seamlessly from the removable media and able to write nothing but a configuration file tailored to the environment locally or on the cloud storage space.

Still, I wouldn’t mind if all my photo’s and music were stored on a cloud environment where I know I can access them from any computer in the house and not worry about losing the data if one computer should fail.

What are your thoughts on a cloud operating system and the death of the hard disk?

-Dragon Blogger


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  • http://trafficcoleman.com/ TrafficColeman

    It seems like something is coming out every day Justin, its becoming harder to keep up with the technology..but this just another thing I’m going to have to look into..thanks

    “Black Seo Guy “Signing Off”

  • http://www.iblogzone.com DiTesco

    I share the same concerns as you do, although I am afraid that “one day” everything will be “cloud based”. Security has always been an issue and although I prefer that my data is stored locally, I am aware that depending on certain variables, such are also prone to attacks and hacks which leads to the issue that maybe it is better to have it on “highly” secured cloud servers?

    Who knows but I will definitely use it for less sensible data. Can’t upgrade or buy a new laptop every time I need more space :)

  • http://yourbeginnerguitarlessons.net/ John

    Hey Justin.

    I feel that even though the cloud operating system might be the future, I don’t think that hard drives are completely dead. Hard drives have been a part of our lives for a very long time and we are too used to them. I think hard drives will live on, just not in a format they’re normally in.

  • http://www.tracyingram.com/ Tracy Ingram

    Since hackers are always trying to prove how easy it is, then I think cloud servers are a bad idea.

  • http://www.gobankingrates.com/credit-card-rates/wikileaks-supporters-mastercard-economic-impact-hackers-cyber-attacks/ Carlton@Wikileaks

    I’m with you guys, I was under the impression that clouds were extremely prone to hacking, but the article seems to state differently. Can we clear this up? Other than that, I’m totally down with cloud systems, as losing my data is always my #1 concern.

  • Reemah@Montgomery County DUI Lawyer

    Well, I guess this OS points out the convenience of your files but what about security issues? I think security is more important than convenience and I think this technique is prone to hacking. This OS has a lot of modifications and configurations to consider before introducing it in the market, I guess. Thanks for sharing by the way.

  • DUI Lawyer in San Diego

    Thanks for the post. Anyway, I also agree with the statement of Justin that hard drives are still essential in our computer lives. With the advent of technology, I think that cloud operating system would be a great improvement in the Internet world. Especially now that most businesses are being operated and advertised in the Internet. In my personal laptop, I prefer to use chrome browsers because it is indeed fast and convenient.

  • Dana @ Cell Phone Info

    This cloud computing system is surely an interesting concept that may change many things in future. However, my concern is the internet connection. Google Chrome cloud computing system will be useless if there is no the good internet connection available.

  • http://www.jocurile.us Alex

    Having a cloud operating system is pretty cool. I can imagine a game installation. The game would be installed on the cloud system and the users would only have new profiles, so this way practically if you want to play a game, you pay for the license and then login into the game. Cool ah?

    Also, I don’t know if this was google, but someone wanted (and maybe even succeeded) to create a cloud system that would store your data, in pieces over hundreds of servers. so if someone would crack one server they wouldn’t be able to decipher your personal files. And I think this was an idea for Google OS…
    Oh we will just have to wait and see what Google will roll out of their “factory”.

  • http://www.ieltssuccess.com Raj@ielts tutor

    I think Google is becoming successful to introduce the Operating System of the future. By exploring it further,I would be able to write a post on it to display its obscure features.

  • http://seventoten.com Paul Tech

    Initially, I guess people will be averse to storing data on the cloud but if everybody starts doing it, over time it will become the norm.

    This could spell the death knoll for hard disk manufacturers, much like how magnetic tape recorders became obsolete.

  • http://dirtcheapairlinetickets.biz/silpada+jewelry+catalog Basam@silpada

    I have worked on Windows and Linux and has heard first time about chrome OS. Nice information.

  • http://seventoten.com Paul Tech

    By the way, here is a video from Chrome UX designer Glen Murphy demonstrating advantages of using a Chrome notebook.

    Your laptop may be destroyed but not the data…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lm-Vnx58UYo

  • http://www.techgyo.com Anubhab

    Nice Os but what if i do not want to store my personal files in cloud?

  • http://www.mydfwroofing.com tony @Dallas Roofing

    Just another OS to keep up with, although Chrome is easily my favorite!

  • http://www.aoclarkejr.com AJ@AJ Clarke

    I’m not a huge fan of the idea of a cloud operating system. I like having everything backed up on my Hard-Drives where I know it is safe. Also, I am kinda a geek and I feel that I have greater control customizing/hacking my Windows 7 compared to an OS that runs off the net.

    I think its really cool for laptops and netbooks – but not for desktops.

    Would gaming work the same on the Google Chrome OS?

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