Monday, October 03, 2005

iSAN

There is (and has long been) much talk of software as a service (SaaS) over the Internet. Web mail offers a superb example of why this is a sensible approach - no need to bother with managing and operating email servers or the headache of continual spam and virus checking while affording access from anywhere using simple and dependable thin clients.

In email Utopia, mail messages wouldn't get copied around between servers as they do now - instead a single instance of a message gets created somewhere on the Internet and private links to the message get distributed to the intended recipients, yielding a faster and more reliable service. But that needs a framework of information sharing and cooperation together with a trusted structure for data privacy and protection. Once that protective framework becomes established and accepted, the lure for SaaS in other areas becomes irresistible and logically completes the trend for enterprises to consolidate both information services and information stores - but using the Internet as the trusted storage network.

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