The demise of the disc opens up a whole new frontier in cloud computing

Technology is evolving rapidly and now that software and numerous applications can be delivered over the internet in a matter of seconds, while music and movies can also be easily downloaded, discs are becoming redundant.

Recent hardware launches prove that the demise of the disc is well underway – Apple have no DVD drive in the MacBook Air or the Mac Mini and the word is that Microsoft are developing a disc free Xbox console.

Just like the floppy disc that reigned supreme for data storage in the 1980s and 90s, CDs and DVDs have had their day.

Not many people would mourn the end of CD software cluttering up desks and shelves, chewing up power as the discs spin noisily in their drives. Disc drives are notoriously subject to breaking down with mechanical problems, and of course discs themselves get scratched and damaged.

Users are eagerly embracing the idea of tapping in to online software resources instead of dealing with physical discs.

If you have your software and data stored online, it is also of course easier to access it anywhere and anytime – all you need is your laptop or iPad and an internet connection, no discs, USB or external hard drive.

Besides convenience, the other great advantage of being “disc-free” comes in the form of cost-saving. Traditional CD software usually requires large capital outlay. Software-as-a-service packages, however, can be utilised online for a small monthly subscription.

It isn’t only software that is transcending the era of the disc. Digital download sites for music, games and movies are proliferating on the web, giving users access to huge libraries of entertainment with just a few clicks, without the hassle of obtaining a CD or DVD.

The disappearance of discs marks the end of an era, but it’s just the beginning of opening up a whole new frontier in cloud computing.

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Duane Jackson is Founder & CEO, KashFlow Software. Duane has developed his career in IT over a number of years and in many areas including application development, server management and network security. Beginning his career as an IT contractor, Duane worked for organisations such as the CBI, the BBC, Proctor & Gamble, Eidos and Reuters.