We’re a mobile society. We like things now, the way we want them, without deviation. Cloud computing, at least in the beginning, will force all users to retrain themselves in how they use computer hardware and software in terms of flexibility and mobility. As you might be noticing throughout our series, cloud computing restricts the digital experience in one sense and expands it in another. The shifts that cloud computing bring will not only be in the concepts of online security in the cloud but the concepts of hardware and software will shift as well.
The Advent of Consumable Hardware
Cloud computing will spell the end of traditional hardware setups as more and more of the required computing power is done offsite rather than through the local computer. Existing cloud-based systems are already decreasing the dependence of the local computer by allowing you to access and view everything from any device, whether it’s from your iPhone or a friend’s computer. I’ve talked about Google’s Chromebook in the past and this is only the beginning of a new trend – one that threatens traditional business models… Computers will become more consumable and will either be offered at cheap prices to encourage the use of a particular cloud based system or will be offered at a subscription rate and you will pay as you go. Since cloud computing decreases the dependence of the local machine, it is easy for me to see a computer system existing soon that can be replaced for $99 rather than warranting necessary repair or upgrade. This advance will change how companies like LaptopMD operate. As we have for the past 15 years, though, we will continue to adapt to the changing technology market and continue to bring our expertise to bear. Technology service companies will always be needed and small business support will be a growing market in the coming years for us as companies look to outsource their hardware needs (even though they’ll be going to the cloud). Continue reading