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Is Cloud Bigger Than The Advent Of The Personal Computer?

According to a Reuters report, Google CEO Eric Schmidt told the 900 technology executives at the Utah Technology Council that cloud computing is a phenomenon that's bigger than the advent of the PC. I agree with anyone who says this, but I would also point out there's a strong relationship between cloud computing and the PC. Once you get away from the big server point of view, cloud looks a lot like a vehicle for picking up on and extending the PC revolution, both to new users and new devices.

The PC Revolution was born of the end user's desire for more computer power. Once computers were put in the hands of end users, they showed what they could do with them. Ever since that day, end users have desired connection to their fellow workers, to their counterparts around the world and to the big servers holding crucial information on specialized fields.

Thank goodness Tim Berners-Lee (now Sir Tim) came along with the World Wide Web. It gave end users access to powerful servers on the Internet through a few simple HTTP communication commands. Now cloud computing is bringing not just information but powerful applications and computing infrastructure to end users.

From Information Week
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