Whenever I run into people who gush about the potential for cloud computing, I tend to think: "that's all very well, but storing lots of stuff online isn't very practical when you pay for everything you donwload and upload and the speeds are often still so abysmal." Many of those people tend to be from the US, where uncapped home Internet access is still the norm (albeit under threat) and there's a range of high-speed choices in major urban areas.
Yet it seems that you don't need to have Australia's substandard broadband to be worried about that. At the Storage Visions conference in Las Vegas earlier this week, analyst Tom Coughlin raised the same issue as a potential problem for US users as well:
For ordinary users with ordinary bandwidth in the US, the cloud will be an augmentation of the storage they have at home. It may be different for other countries where they have better bandwidth.
Honestly, if American users are worrying about cloud access, we should be full-scale panicking. Can you see your future in the cloud constrained by speed and access issues? Share your thoughts in the comments.