During this week we have been focusing on the development of ‘Cloud Computing’ and how we are trying to use this at Twynham School with SharePoint. One of the related discussions we have been having in the systems team is about access through the cloud to your personal details. Much of what we are looking to do with students is develop SharePoint’s My Site as an online home drive or e-portfolio. There are huge challenges here with the widespread emergence of students and staff using video. This is even more challenging when you consider the impact of HD now and especially in the next few years. Although storage is rapidly coming down in price the simple reality is there isn’t enough space on school servers to put the entire contents of 2,000 staff and student’s digital resources.
The result is that much of this material stays trapped on laptop hard drives and over time gets transferred to external hard drives which often sit at home as a back up. During the last year I have been talking about the need for a simple and convenient way to access all your resources over the internet from your home broadband. Whilst there have been some development within the home through the use of Network Attached Storage (NAS) these often allow complicated access remotely via the internet and often usually with subscriptions. I have been impatient for a simple method of attaching all my resources to my broadband router on an external hard drive so that I might access them from anywhere in the world for free. Well it seems that we might have the answer through the product launch at CES of Pogoplug.
This cheap ($99 after CES) device does exactly what I and many people have been looking for- allows free access to all your digital media through the cloud. It is another example of how the internet continues to become more dominant in peoples lives as broadband speeds develop. Check out their product launch interview with Robert Scoble of Scobleizer and Fast Company.