Hear me roar, Apple increases the sound of the cloud

July 25, 2012

Apple has showed its commitment to cloud computing with the latest upgrade to their operating system, according to industry analysts.

Mountain Lion, the latest in a series of animal-monikered products, makes full use of the company's proprietary iCloud application, and is intended to make the interaction between products completely "seamless." Users who own a Mac, an iPad or a version of the iPhone will be able to create and edit documents in the cloud remotely, using whichever device comes to hand first.

According to Computer World, Apple have taken the expected challenge of Microsoft in the tablet market and imported the intuitive feel of the iPad into a product spanning operating system. Mountain Lion improves on the ability of the user to access the cloud with various products "by making them communicate with one another more seamlessly, so they can exist together in an integrated ecosystem."

The personal cloud
"In the personal cloud era, there are four major actions: sync, store, stream and share, "says Michael Gartenberg, a research director at Gartner. "ICloud integration made the first three of these fairly easy and transparent for users, but sharing was much more difficult. In Mountain Lion, Apple has brought over from iOS an integrated way to share directly from Mountain Lion apps. Now the ability to share contextually relevant information via Facebook or Twitter is as seamless as 'print' or 'save' is."

Mountain Lion is the first OS X release since the introduction of iCloud and, according to USA Today, the upgrade isn't as dramatic as the one Microsoft is planning when Windows 8 launches later in the fall. Less than a year after the service was introduced, the iCloud's 125 million accounts and new users will need to set up their own levels of data security in the cloud, but the ability to share information with just a click of a button has all the hallmarks of an Apple product.

"This is different from Microsoft's approach, which seems to be making all devices look and act the same," comments Gartenberg. "One approach seems to say that there are reasons to have multiple devices, and there are ways to make them work together seamlessly. The other acknowledges that users have multiple devices, but seems to be removing the differentiation between them. In the end, it is the consumer that will decide which approach is best."

-McAfee Cloud Security