I’ve been trying to decide if the new Barnes & Noble Nook is part of the cloud computing ecosystem or not. It is surely not an enterprise application but it seems to fit on all other levels. I just came across something that helped me make up my mind… in the affirmative.
A quick trip through the “cloud or not?” flowchart that Sam Johnston posted on his blog confirms that yes, the Nook is a cloud device.
Why? Going through his check point items:
- You pay only when you use it (that is, when you buy a book you want to read)
- You don’t host it (Barnes and Noble does)
- If there’s a problem at the server, I don’t have to fit it
The same arguments apply to the Sony eReader and Amazon Kindle, too, of course.
All of which goes to demonstrate the tectonic shift that cloud computing represents.