Apple announced the iCloud service and for someone like me, this is a great service.
For a while, I have been battling with the problem of having access to common data on multiple computers, whether that be documents, calendaring information, or other documents from multiple computers.
Having access to that data without having to rely on a USB key is a cool thing.
I like their pricing model too: FREE.
What I don’t like is the potential there may be to change that model from FREE to FEE like Apple has done before in the past with the .Mac service, now known as MobileMe.
Now, seeing this service being hosted from Apple, it makes me think about certain things:
- Can I host something similar to this using my public web servers?
- Can my dedicated FreeBSD servers offer me something similar using OpenSSL and Samba?
- Can I actually make something as easy to use as what Apple has?
- Is there someone out there that already has something similar?
This is an ongoing problem for me so it will be interesting to see Apple’s implementation in action.
I may or may not use it. If I do, I will have a contingency plan in effect since I’m not 100% sure that this service will be FREE forever.