The Move to the Cloud – Consumerisation of IT Part 3

Even though the consumerisation of IT will necessitate that the enterprise adopt a cloud model, the other interesting outcome is that to be fully efficient so will we all. Over the years a lot of time has been spent investigating the differences between Baby Boomers, Gen X, Gen Y and the Millennials, however in this instance there is a different dynamic, pre and post Broadband Users.

Interestingly anyone who became interested in technology post the mainstream rollout of Broadband would have already adopted a cloud model with webmail, pictures stored on the web and books, CDs and DVDs either purchased or streamed from the web.

However should you been using technology either in the dial up age or before there is an interesting transition which confronts us all, what do you do with decades of hoarding?? Most people in this category will have drawers upon drawers of CDs, DVDs, Pictures (Which are never played or viewed) and probably a number of external hard drives backing up our data over the years. So the big question will be whether people will either spend the time and convert their libraries to digital formats as the players become obsolete or resist the move to the cloud where IT will become ubiquitous and you can access your files for anywhere in the world on any device.

Interestingly even though you need to be careful how you complete this task to ensure your data is safe and backed up, it is far more secure and safe than a single copy in your house. This will not be an easy transition however once complete the efficiencies will only multiply in years to come and your floor boards will certainly thank you.

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Author: Steve Wakefield

Steve Wakefield is an experienced Innovator presently based in London.

2 thoughts on “The Move to the Cloud – Consumerisation of IT Part 3”

  1. Steve – you make some interesting observations and yes, there are multiple models to choose from when thinking about data storage and older media formats.
    Streaming of content is not quite there yet, but with LoveFilm (or Netflicks), iPlayer, Spotify etc., becoming more and more prevalent on blu-ray players and tvs, its surely only a matter of time before it becomes the dominant way to deliver content on demand from “the cloud” – using the definition that means you don’t care where a service is delivered from, as long as its delivered” – maybe even replacing broadcast in the longer term. This is fine for “common” media such as music and films, but your personal data (e.g. photos) can’t be replaced in this way. There is also an issue with the quality and reliability of those services.
    So, for personal data, cloud storage (e.g. Flickr) is an option, but its not one you can rely on. What happens to your data if those companies go out of business? What happens if the government or another organisation decides it has access to all that data, even if you don’t want them to? So privacy can be an issue, as can reliability. So keeping a local copy of your own data still has merits, but the real answer is that multiple copies of data in multiple locations (that is controlled in a way with which the user is comfortable) is the only way to ensure that you have a copy, come what may. When the user is a consumer then using mirrored on site storage and taking back ups off site, or using an on-line back up service offers a number of choices of how to approach this. Corporates need to take a different view, based on regulatory requirements of course.
    The other issue with cloud services as they stand at the moment is content quality. If I play my CDs they’re clearly superior to a streamed 320kbps MP3 file, and the frame rate of a “HD” Lovefilm streamed movie is down on that provided by blu-ray, so physical media still has much to recommend it on this front. On the flipside, sites such as Linn Records, HDTracks etc., allow me to download music that’s higher quality than CD, but then you need some storage for your downloads….so we go back to the start of the discussion!
    There’s some way to go on this, but I’m sure it’ll all happen pretty quickly.

    1. Hi Neil, I completely agree with your points, especially with the keeping a personal copy of files like photos as even some of the storage companies reduce the resolution so should you loose your originals the backed up ones will not be as good.

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