Originally Posted by GingerJohn
CAD / CAE on a tablet? Give me a break.
Yes, it would be great to set up a CFD / FEA analysis on my desktop and fire it off to a cloud server to run. It would shorten run times and reduce the time I sit round doing nothing. But trying to set that up on a 10" screen? Forget it. I currently sit behind two 23" widescreens and even then I find myself running out of screen estate for big models.
Add to that security and reliability concerns and it is looking even more doubtful. I used to do some work on the Astute submarine project, we were in a locked room and all our work was stored on a dedicated server in a safe in that room with no access to the internet. Try selling them a cloud service.
I think for the executives who do nothing but write e-mails and check the size of their bonus package this might be fine, but for the people who actually do the work the laptop and desktop is going to be arround for some time to come.
Oh, and from the article:
I'm a PC, and so is Apple!
But to be fair, you can hook up any monitor you'd like to pretty much every tablet out right now--along with most other peripherals. In the end, it comes down to whether the brains of the tablet can satisfy your needs.
Originally Posted by chmodlabs
Internet speeds aren't high enough and the cloud is still in it's infancy. Companies will always take guaranteed reliable local computing to a cloud.
Absolutely this. I started using my 1st year free of Asus' webstorage that came with the purchase of my TF, and on my blazingly fast 1mbps upload speed on my home connection (16/1), it took over a week just to upload ~40GB of pictures and videos I had taken with my camera. Another 5 days to upload my music collection (~25GB). I'm not quite sure what people think "the cloud" is for, but as of this moment, it's good for setting remote backups and letting it go if you have the time. Not really good for a lot of anything else just yet--can't fathom that things will change THAT much in 2 years.