Posted by Ted Malone
Thursday, January 06, 2011 8:44:00 AM
It certainly should come as no surprise to anyone who’s been paying attention, but “Cloud Computing” is all the rage these days. A couple of days ago, EMC announced at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) that they were now offering “Personal Cloud” technologies via the IoMega storage division. Those of us who have been playing around with technologies such as Windows Live Mesh, Skydrive or Dropbox understand how useful and powerful these “Personal Cloud” technologies can be, but one major limitation to all of those services is you have to pay to “rent” the disk space (or use a limited free account. I believe the Mesh/Skydrive limitation is 5GB for free accounts).
There’s also online backup services such as Mozy (which I love by the way. I have it configured to automatically backup my user folder on my home machine, so I know that everything I put out there is safely tucked away “in the cloud” – or “on the cloud” or however you want to refer to it!)
Now that Iomega has entered the “Personal Cloud” market, what it basically means is that all of your home NAS (Network Attached Storage) devices (And by the way, with the IoMega iConnect device, any USB storage can become a NAS) can be linked together to create a “personal cloud”, that you can then access from any Internet-connected PC. You can also setup connected clouds and do remote backup (While this is a truly horrifying idea, how about creating a “personal cloud” to backup the data from that relative that you begrudgingly provide technical support to) and share storage space with friends/family. Seems like there are a lot of truly interesting things that can come out of this technology.
2011 should be an interesting year in terms of technology innovation and refinement. I think we’re going to see some very interesting technology implementations this year.