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Cloud Computing

I’ve been playing with MobileMe – Apple’s service for people to distribute data across multiple tools, similar to Microsoft’s Live Mesh – over the last few days. While the service is classified as an example of cloud computing, it’s really more like simple data synchronization (at least currently). Cloud computing is more about, well, computing. Computing shared by multiple devices. Distributed. Synchronizing data may be a part of that. But certainly not the whole. We’re entering the twilight zone of term ambiguity again (remember web 2.0? A term that mean everything and nothing all at once).
Lost in the clouds is a short exploration of a critical challenge of cloud computing – access to services…after all, if we can’t get into the cloud, or if the data is not accessible while in the cloud, the whole concept doesn’t work very well.