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Future computing

Just had a little thought which was prompted by all this 'cloud' computing.
Lots of folk like their computers but are not very tech savvy and get into a bit of a kerfuffle when faults arise.
Wouldn't it be nice if we could have remote computers where someone else does all the tech stuff and all the user has in his home is an interface? I was thinking it would be really good - a bit like rent a computer and would provide a hassle-free computer experience. No good for you lot who like to tinker and play around but spot on for those of us who merely want to log on, do what we want to do and log off without the need to worry about antivirus, updates, email set up etc etc. Bliss!
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James
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Registered: 04-04-2007

Re: Future computing

You can already do that to an extent with remote desktop and the like.
However, it's not really responsive enough under ADSL, so you'd really need improved connection speeds.  Mayeb under Fibre, who knows.
techguy
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Registered: 12-09-2008

Re: Future computing

Thin client computing is the type you are referring to.
Wyse and Citrix already build duch systems but they tend to be rolled in corporates where everything runs on the servers.
Lurker
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Posts: 1,867
Registered: 23-10-2008

Re: Future computing

Quote from: Jameseh
You can already do that to an extent with remote desktop and the like.
However, it's not really responsive enough under ADSL, so you'd really need improved connection speeds.  Mayeb under Fibre, who knows.

Not responsive enough under ADSL?
Perhaps not if you consider the MS breed of apps, Terminal Services and Remote desktop etc, but if you look at Wyse and Citrix, its a different matter, and it could be provided very easily.
Add in a healthy dose of VMWare underneath, and you can add in all sorts of other fault tolerances too, with auto-reboots if things fail, and proper DR for more critical systems.
The largest barrier is price TBH, you have the same licensing costs, plus an additional layer of licensing to consider.
However, if you built your cluster on the end of a fat pipe to the intertubes, you would immediately see 'faster' web browsing and downloads.
We'd only be using the 512K links for sending mouse-clicks etc about the place.
There are of course lots of places where this falls down though, since any program which is graphics rich would require greater bandwidth to transmit the ever-changing screen images - but as a business tool, it works well.
As a method for watching movies, tv etc, its not so good though.
But hey, when BT put a fibre pipe to each street cabinet, you never know, it might get a huge step closer!
pierre_pierre
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Registered: 30-07-2007

Re: Future computing

also, in business, who pays all the workers with nothing to do when the internet link drops, it has been known recently i.e. Google
techguy
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Registered: 12-09-2008

Re: Future computing

And Microsoft's Azure cloud computing platform which went down a couple of weeks back.
Its bad enough when the applications are on the servers inside an organisation and the server or networking kit breaks down but handing the whole thing over to a third party? asking for trouble.