But there is so much more to cloud computing than just that. Read on to find out about the dream of “the Cloud”.
The ultimate dream of cloud computing is the simplification of the personal computer down to the bare bones. These machines, called thin clients, would be little more than a relatively slow processor, RAM, some storage space, and an internet connection. All the heavy duty processing and computing is moved to the server, so the thin client just needs to serve as a gateway to access and manipulate the data. Thin clients have caught on in some corporate environments, but are not by any means mainstream.
This is not for want of attempts though. Larry Ellison tried back in the day (2000) to push his New Internet Computer (NIC) idea. The NIC was a very basic computer that ran Linux off a CD. It was both an internet appliance for home use and a thin client for business use. The machines did not find much of a market with either audience and soon disappeared from the market place.