Data In The Hand

Cloud computing is still in its infancy and there is nothing definite to say that it will become mainstream. One of the main concerns is the availability of such services with outages and the closure of well known providers making the mainstream news throughout the last year. There are also side issues about privacy. Another thing standing in the way of cloud computing is that people like keeping their data close at hand.

Micro SD Card

Micro SD Card

Some of this could change. Music downloads are already becoming popular and you don’t get a CD when you buy a track from the iTunes store. Having said that people are still getting the song itself, whereas subscription streamed services, where you just pay for access to the entire music library all of the time but don’t keep anything, have never caught on.

The other fly in the cloud’s ointment is the increasing capacity of small memory formats. Micro SD cards are now heading towards 32Gb which for a lot of people is more than enough. If, in a few years, 100Gb plus is achieved for a card that can just slip into your mobile phone, will there be any need for cloud computing?