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Weekly Poll: How Will the iPad Affect Cloud Computing?

It is fairly evident that the iPad and cloud computing are deeply tied to each other. A selection of storage and cloud management apps now are available on the iPad. So, we want to know: “How will the iPad affect cloud computing?”

But before we get to that question, let’s take a look at last week’s poll. We asked: “Is Oracle a Cloud company?”

We had 125 people reply. In total, 68 respondents said: “None of the above. Oracle, like IBM and Microsoft, is a hybrid, with the majority of its revenue still with its on-premise offerings.” Forty-four people agreed that Oracle missed the boat and won’t leave its franchise.

This week we want to know:

It’s evident that there are a number of new issues that bring cloud computing into the discussion. Eddie Dumbill says it is Apple’s lack of integration that is the biggest issue. It does not support MobileMe:

“However, the iPad is no more advanced than the iPhone in its cloud integration. I would have loved to have switched on the iPad, keyed in my MobileMe login, and automatically had my email, browser bookmarks, calendar and contacts set up for me, as well as the ability to load in ebooks through my iDisk, and have my photo galleries available.

Instead I was forced through the painfully overloaded iTunes application, and had to tether my device via USB to get all of my content on it. Setting things up was a crazy dance involving configuration in both iTunes and in the iPad’s settings panel. To make matters worse, the iPad doesn’t want to charge over USB. This means I need to plug it in twice: once to the charger, and then somewhere else to sync. Decent cloud access would have mitigated this a little.”

What are your thoughts?

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