Originally Posted by KT Walrus
My bet is Apple wants to move to a multi-layered file system which integrates flash storage, local hard disk storage, and network storage all in the file system.
Basically, writes to the file system will first be written to flash storage and then later, copied to hard disk storage which would be mirrored to the cloud (network storage).
This would allow you to "log into" your data on any Mac connected to the cloud, but having the local flash and hard disks will "cache" the data for very fast local operation.
This would be the first OS where all data is stored in the cloud.
Originally Posted by Mr. K
That would take an insane amount of time for file transfers to the cloud. Cool idea though.
Originally Posted by bdkennedy1
While that would be awesome, never gonna happen. Most people don't have the bandwidth to support it and broadband companies that have caps wouldn't allow it. A law would have to be passed requiring broadband companies to give everyone unlimited bandwidth.
Originally Posted by rosswell
After all, Apple's ginormous, billion dollar, S.Carolina server farm is coming online over the next year, that would fit the timeframe.
OS X Cloud Cat
Originally Posted by timgriff84
Not sure I get the whole flash storage and local hard disk storage bit, but basically your saying the file system would sync. In which case been availiable for a while from Microsoft https://www.mesh.com/welcome/default.aspx
(pic on the homepage sums it up), and I'm fairly certain they wernt the first.
Originally Posted by SockRolid
Exactly what I'm thinking. And this would make audio and video rental/purchase transparent. Buy a movie, it shows up in your iTunes' "Purchased" page, and you can watch it. Objects like movie and music files could be remote-only. No need to download a copy to your local disk, which would take up space even though it might only be rarely watched, then have it get backed up by Time Machine, and be forced to copy it to a new Mac when you upgrade. It's still your copy, but you watch it through the cloud.
Cloud storage, as everyone keeps saying, would also reduce storage requirements on your local device, whether it's a desktop, laptop, or handheld. This brings down cost and complexity over time. And 10 years from now, Apple's profit center might need to shift from hardware to software and services (and yes, iAd). Hardware costs and margins are relentlessly dropping. It's the nature of the industry. By setting up a cloud-centric OS and device ecosystem, Apple is preparing itself for that future.
Originally Posted by netdog
That certainly makes sense as a big part of Apple's base is iPads and iPhones now.
Originally Posted by basjhj
May it something have to do with cloud computing?
Originally Posted by PXT
Yep - this is something that I think has real relevence to the state of computing as-is.
People now have multiple home computers, plus multiple mobile devices and we then some data and services provided online. We need some kind of seamless way to treat our collective data and software as a single personal network, which we access via different devices according to what we're doing and where - not where the bits and bytes are.
Originally Posted by OldAppleEmployee
Tight network integration starting to cross the boundary into cloud computing. The computer is
the social network.
And THAT is just a few from only a couple of pages
The ENTIRE World is about to get "On the Grid"
Apple is getting ready for the Entire World
Movies, Music, Pics, Chat, Vids, Phone Calls, Documents, Books, Library Congress x2 (squared)
You name it or think of it -- ALL is going to The Cloud, iPad, iPhone, iMac
And Apple is trying to get us there
They probably could already, but too many "Microsofts" out there gumming up the works
Define or Describe "it" any way YOU want, many of you know what "it" can be
We may not, yet, know exactly WHERE the puck WILL be, but we know the direction to skate
And once "it" is ready, we'll ALL know it and see it, together at same time
Change The World
and hope I mixed enough metaphors for everyone