Future of iCloud Hosting Services
We are quickly moving from a world of physical media and storage to a world of virtual media and storage. This is driving a whole bunch of changes in the industry and in the way we approach the hosting of our data. I’ve been thinking about this for a while and wanted to write a post on the current state of the industry and what the future might look like.
Today, virtually all of our data is stored in one or more data centers in the cloud. That’s the easiest way for us to store data and access it quickly from any device anywhere in the world. There are, of course, a few things that we have to pay for.
- We have to pay for the network bandwidth to get our data to the cloud.
- We have to pay for the servers that store the data in the cloud.
- We have to pay for the power that runs the servers and keeps them cool and quiet.
- We have to pay for the real estate where our data is stored in the cloud.
- We have to pay for the security that keeps us safe from physical attacks.
All of these things cost money. But the amount we pay is very small. If we compare the cost of one dollar per month to the cost of $2,000,000 per month to store our data in the cloud, we would have to spend a few thousand dollars to store our data in the cloud. And that is just not a very good deal.
We have lots of data and a lot of devices that we use to access that data. We need to store that data somewhere. The fastest way to store data is in the IBM iSeries cloud. So, we are going to keep doing it. But there will be some changes. We are going to see more hybrid clouds. We are going to see more data being stored on-premises and in the cloud. We are also going to see more data being stored in edge devices.
We still need to store data somewhere. When we buy a new iPhone, we need to install the operating system on our phone. When we buy a new laptop, we need to install the operating system on the laptop. When we buy a new PC, we need to install the operating system on our PC. The only way to get the operating system installed is to buy a copy of the operating system from a company like Apple.