Apple’s highly anticipated iCloud consumer cloud service went live last week in a debut marred by snafus that show that cloud providers addressing the consumer market still have some kinks to work out when it comes to easing data transition from device to cloud.
Mathew Prince, co-founder and CEO of Cloudflare, a hosted proxy service provider, believes Amazon will continue to face “technical, legal, and privacy concerns with Silk.” He points out that similar attempts in the past have not been very successful, even for Google.
In amongst all the news about a new family of Kindle e-readers, Amazon has also unveiled a new web browser that will run on the top-end tablet and leverage the power of the company’s cloud to accelerate browsing. The team behind Amazon Silk have published a video that describes what they’re trying to achieve. Basically, Silk calls upon EC2 to speed up a number of browsing tasks, from pre-caching style sheets and images to down-sizing images and pre-fetching the ‘likely’ next page. One of the big innovations of the ‘Web 2.0’ meme was the widespread adoption of Ajax; moving a lot of processing off the server and down the wire to the user’s device. Silk turns a lot of this around and, whilst the rationale may be compelling, it remains to be seen how this actually works in practice. Is the cloud good at being a big cache for your web browser, or not? Would it make sense on a larger computer, as well as on an underpowered tablet?