Chrome OS, Cloud Computing and Privacy

The news is out – highly anticipated Google’s Chrome is to released in coming fall or winter.

Its supposed to be faster and more efficient than Microsoft Windows and will support cloud computing. There will be no cost associated with using the OS as its going to be released as open source.

What does all these mean to an end user? Since the new OS is going to leverage cloud computing, I believe its going to behave similar to how a browser behave. When the machine is turned on, the user is presented with a console that directly interact with the applications hosted in the cloud. Applications include the existing Gmail, Documents, Calendar, Photos and other office productivity tools.

An end user, when he/she uses these applications, sends all the information or data to the cloud where the applications reside. They could be hosted either at Google datacenters or at a partner. The information or data that the user saved at these applications is now at the mercy of Google or its partners.

Today there are corporates who hesitate to use third party conference utilities such as Webex just because they don’t want their confidential data to go beyond their perimter. So what about using Google’s cloud computing services. Corporates as well as Governments are concerned about the privacy of their cititzens. Will Google ensure such privacy? How about the service level agreements? Or the Quality of Service? Can Google meet such varying requirements? Well, it may – for a “freemium”.

Personally I am thrilled waiting to play with another open source system.

For now, this is Shaheen posting these thoughts, from the Toronto subway system, using gmail to an open source application.

1 comment

  1. I’m taking my baby steps into the cloud……working on a strategy for taking on the cloud way this year 🙂

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