Cloud grid computing is the modern day blend of old fashion grid computing with the idea of a cloud-based network. In the past year or so, the concept of cloud storage has become increasingly popular and consumer centric as many well known companies begin rolling out cloud storage, such as Amazon and Apple (to name two in particular). I even recently sat in on a college class where the professor poignently addressed the point that within a few years, physical harddrives will essentially be obsolete; ultimately driving down the prices of computers. While I am not sure how accurate this statement is, I am certain that cloud computing will lead to a new, futuristic world where the need for physical harddrives are no longer.

Grid computing is in it's currently understood form is essentially an arrangement of multiple computers working towards one common goal. While I am sure there is much jargon that can attach itself to this concept, in it's simplest form (for explanatory purposes) grid computing is just that: multiple computers working towards one goal. They are typically arranged on a grid. You may be familiar with images of rows and rows of computers that you may have seen online or on the television. This is grid computing as we understand it today.

The new focus of many companies is now on cloud grid computing. That is to say, a grid computing system that is no longer dependent on a physical location and physical computers; but more so dependent on wi-fi connections and the ability to access the virtual "cloud." In recent times, I have made many philosophical jokes (IE: nerd jokes) about how wi-fi is like a "metaphysical" entity (like god in some respects). We cannot see the wi-fi, but we come to know it's power almost everyday when we turn on our computers or cell phones.

With that thought in mind, the metaphysical wi-fi connection joke fits seemlessly into the new concept of cloud grid computing in a way that is almost frightening. As we lessen our dependence on actual material goods, and focus more heavily on those things that are very small or invisible; it is easy to understand how the cost for producing wi-fi connections and computing systems (even your personal home computer) will skyrocket downwards and end up saving you a lot of money in the long run.

New technology is paving the way for a better life, with less clutter in our homes and more money in our pockets. As I see it, the world is becoming much more "invisible" in this respect. Since cloud grid computing is already beginning to be implemented by companies around the world (albeit currently in small ways), one can only imagine what the future holds for our ability to access information through new technology that is no so much dependent on physical objects.

Consider the possibility of music one day being able to stream directly to a small chip in your ear, or movies projected in front of your eyes so you do not need a television screen anymore. These are futuristic visions of the future, but how far off are they really? Cloud grid computing is the next step in future technology that will visibly be seen both by businesses and consumers. We will all experience the impact of cloud grid computing in our every day lives in the years to come.