As the Cloud Gets Bigger, PCs Get Smaller

As cloud computing takes hold, PCs are getting smaller.  Just look at the data.

The Pew report, Use of Cloud Computing Applications and Services (PDF), is based on a survey of more than 1,500 American Internet users conducted in April and May of this year, and has a margin of error of 3 percent.  An interesting conclusion of the report is that 69% of those surveyed use cloud-based online applications, even though they don’t yet understand cloud computing. By far, the largest usage is for webmail (56%) and personal photo storage (34%).

Cloud computing is taking hold and growing phenomenally, with no end to the growth curve in site.  The highest adoption of cloud computing applications are among the 18-29 age group at 89%, while usage declines with each
successive age category down to 46 percent for those over 65.

The use of online services using cloud infrastructure is definitely taking the place of desktop applications.  The personal computer no longer has to do all the work, so it’s getting smaller.  HP just launched a $400 mini notebook, a portable and inexpensive Netbook designed specifically for Web browsing.

$400 bucks for a PC.  And, that’s reality, unlike the failed $100 laptop project.  $400 bucks is the cost of 2 iPhones.  Eventually, maybe Apple will make the iPhone with a holographic and resizable screen and keyboard.  I don’t know about you, but if Apple makes that happen, I won’t need a PC anymore.

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Author: Ynema Mangum

Ynema Mangum is an experienced, data-driven principal product manager of mission-critical composable infrastructure at HP Enterprise. Constantly curious, her passions draw her to emerging technologies. She joined HP 6 years ago as a solutions architect for private IT cloud computing. She then served as owner of the enterprise social collaboration domain at HP, responsible for its future direction. Prior to her current position, she was a senior product manager for the massive HP ConvergedSystem 900 for SAP HANA. At SUN, she was a product line manager for cloud computing, responsible for the requirements for common subsystems of the Sun Cloud, as well as user personas, industry analysis, and competitive research. Her product experience also includes building web based database management systems at BMC Software targeted at Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, Sybase, DB2 and DB2 UDB. Y provides an invaluable hybrid mix of strategist, architect, product manager and product marketer with an unbendable passion for the user experience. Her entrepreneurial experience allows her to understand business as a whole and drives her to make decisions and execute quickly. As an added bonus, she is certified in ITIL v3 best practices for IT and Pragmatic Product Management. Ynema is a change agent. She considers herself a determined influencer and a connector whose collaborative nature ensures success in introducing new concepts and services into the mainstream -- even in the most complex environments. She thrives on doing what seems to be impossible, and enjoys taking calculated risks in her personal life -- snowboarding, skiing, SCUBA diving or wake boarding when the season is right.

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