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Web services

octobre 29, 2006

Thanks to the asynchronous technics, one can enjoy a lot of web services: office services, storage services, content services and even web services of web services. However all that needs the power of the client, running a browser isn’t enough, one also needs all the support related to the different kind of format providing through the internet, and the hardware has to follow.
Hence, I wonder where is the real benefit for the end-user ? Beside the fact that it’s a service, that is to say, somebody do it for me and so there’s less to do for me, I still have to cope with a computer and its operating system. Worst, relying on a browser has always been the big avenue to some sureptitious annoyances. So, I can understand that a gamer would be really satisfied with these web services. Since he or she is mainly interested in games only, he or she has a consequent computer which fits likely to these services. But for an everyday life usage, that don’t really lift the burden, and having a computer seems consequently to be disproportionate.

The real point here isn’t the end-user, rather the principle of the client-server relation. Through the history this relation looks like a balance and as an antagonism between the client and the server. As the capacities grown up, the shift moved from the server to the client; nowaday as the bandwidth grows up the server side gains a renewal, but the previous antagonism has gone, it’s now an option among some other.

client-server pendulum

Hence, the real question now is to know what’s the most efficient relation as a whole ? The client against the server, something which could be a pure peer to peer network; the server against the client downsized to a terminal or the both ? Of course this question depends from the current state of art and at a first view, one can argue that sharing the capacities will be always the best way to share the overall cost, the client and the server should better has to work in a complementary way. That sounds good, though, this can be achieved without necessarly implied a personnal computer. In this regard, the mobile phones present an interesting situation, simply because the device enables an usage completely different from those of a computer and mainly because it can’t really fit to this PC-like usage. Moreover the computing capacities are constrained while the bandwidth capacity has far much room, hence, in such condition the mobile phone will be more likely a terminal concerning the office and the internet. Of course, the pricing scheme will or won’t support the move, but that was the question since the most efficient relation as a whole will certainly enable the most affordable cost.

So, between the web services’ asynchronous technics and a remote desktop on a sessions server, what is the most efficient ? Assuming that the former is the best, would it be odd and counterproductive to consider a remote browser ? Obviously, I got a preference for the server against the client, more exactly it is about the end-user by having the choice between a PC or a simple box which just give the access. This could be the ISP’s box as well, included in the subscription cost. Will the consumers take the grip ? As far as the service is reliable, they will, simply because the majority doesn’t buy IT for the sake of IT but just for the usage and the related necessities of the everyday life without the technical implications.

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