Vad Apple ska med ett datacenter till

Robert X. Cringely:

First we have Apple working to kill small hard drives. We’ll shortly see Apple also killing optical drives in its notebooks. This is to save money, space, and weight, sure, but it is mainly to limit local storage. We need local storage, but Steve doesn’t want us to have too much or we won’t need his big data center, which is about to open. In that respect Apple likes it that flash storage is still too expensive to have in unlimited amounts. His various App Stores, too, are intended to change the mechanics of software storage and distribution.

The iPad has no real file system, why is that? Because its intended file system is that late-in-opening Apple data center in Maiden, NC. Also look for the new MacBooks to take advantage of the same cloud filing system through OS X 10.7 Lion. Steve said the new MacBook air was the future of Apple laptops. But with low capacity solid state drives, where will all the media be stored? The answer, of course, is in North Carolina. Look for updated versions of iWork to also take advantage of the data center for storage and collaboration.

Apple is heading toward a world of thin client computing networked out of the box. It’s the new MobileMe. Content creation will take place on solid state drive MacBooks/iMacs and content consumption will take place on iPads and iPhones.

Inte alls omöjligt. Cringelys nästa test är däremot en aning mer svårsmält:

This is also their corporate strategy. Apple sees companies abandoning IT departments in favor of simply passing out iPads and MacBooks – already networked out of the box to secure storage, email, and collaborative services. In typical Apple fashion, this strategy completely does an end-run around the status quo, revolutionizing the way businesses think about computing. Why else would Apple abandon their corporate server (xServe) strategy?

Med tanke på att Apple redan nu gör så lite som möjligt för att behöva ha direktkontakt med företagskunder finner jag det en aning svårt att tro att Apple skulle erbjuda molntjänster till företag, även om det absolut kan förklara varför Xserve lades ner. Skulle Apple utforma framtida versioner av Mac-datorer så att de i princip kräver att man använder Apples molntjänster är det tack och adjö till Apple ute hos företagen, så enkelt är det.

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