Your Personal Cloud Space

Your Personal Cloud Space

My personal cloud…  

The concept of the personal cloud is intriguing to me right now. Why? For the most part, it has a lot to do with what people consider to be a personal cloud. Where private clouds are dedicated solutions built around a single customer or agency using them, the personal cloud is a solution built for a single user. If you search the internet for the concept “personal cloud” you will find an interesting mix and match of answers.

What is the first thing you will see once the search engine returns your results? Storage = personal cloud. Much as vendor’s tried to associate their name with private clouds a couple of years ago storage vendors are trying to align Personal Clouds with personal cloud storage. There is a personal cloud organization however that is arguing a much broader implementation of what Personal clouds should/could/may be. I find myself liking the concept they create. 

On the homepage of the organization, they have an interesting table that denotes the delta between a personal cloud and a personal computer. The area that I find most relevant is the concept of the Personal Cloud and connected Peripherals.

In the past year, the concept of personal weather stations has grown so that now you can publish the weather at your domicile and consume that information anywhere you are. Thermostats allow you to log into them remotely and using your personal cellular device manage the temperature in your home. There are sensors that allow you to measure remotely the amount of hydration in your house plants and well if your washer is leaking water on the floor when you aren’t there.

Your personal cloud is expanding.

I wrote here on CloudTweaks about the potential reality of overtaxing the overall available bandwidth on the internet. Lately as I dabble with Personal Cloud I am even more concerned about the “personal bandwidth” I have available. The number of devices that need my Wi-Fi password has increased in the past 12 months exponentially. From the home security system, home weather station, Smart Pens, tablet’s, televisions and SmartGlasses the network at home is getting a little saturated.

Beyond a simple network connection or complex depending upon your home network there is the concept of applications in your personal cloud. Mobile devices support applications that are not installed locally today, rather they are enabled in the cloud. Most cloud hosted applications run on a mobile device as well as on your laptop and desktop.

You can also have your own VM environment in your personal cloud by simply installing one of the many applications that support virtual machines on your home computer. You don’t get all the automation with the workstation products, but you can run iterations of the management solutions in a VM as well.

Today your personal cloud represents the devices that you want to connect to where you are. It’s the broad concept of your information at your fingertips. The areas of concern in the short run will be around bandwidth in your home. The last area of concern will be the security of your personal data. The reality is that your personal cloud exists today. It is going to continue to expand and fill your device with the information you need to succeed.

By Scott Andersen

Scott works as a software architect and has been involved in IT projects over the past 17 years. 

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Director of Consulting Services at CGI
Scott is the Director of Consulting Services CGI. Scott’s role is focused on building solutions that augment and support the missions of US Federal Agencies. Scott has been an IT professional for more than 20 years. He has also worked as the Director Cloud Strategy at Lockheed Martin, Chairman IASA Board Of Education at International Association of Software Architects (IASA) and worked as the Senior Enterprise Architect at Microsoft. Scott's articles can periodically be seen on CloudTweaks as well as a number of other sites he has helped contribute to.
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