There’s a Fog Rolling In: Is the Future of the Cloud on the Ground?
“100% of computing will be in the cloud.”
That’s what they say, isn’t it? It turns out- that really isn’t very likely. Data transfer into and out of the cloud is great– at wired speeds. But what of the limitations of our mobile interactions? The U.S. ranks 35th in the world in terms of bandwidth per user, according to the World Economic Forum.
The reality is, more and more “things” are connected to the internet than ever before. Everything from refrigerators to our cars are sending and receiving on the new, “internet of things”.
3g and 4g networks will not be able to maintain the load. Hence the dawn of a new form of computing – and where else but from the things themselves? Not up in the air in some virtual cloud, but among us in our day to day devices. Every day items will soon be picking up the computing load as the new “fog” rolls in.
Cloud computing is still and will remain relevant. But keep an eye out for newer technologies – devices which will soon bypass the cloud altogether and remain in the internet of things- sending data to and from each other.