Given the cyclical nature of technological advancements, I feel a new phrase will need coining. We’ve seen the movement between terminal/mainframe to standalone, then back again (this time, called “thin clients”), then back again, then back again (this time, called “the Cloud”).
I predict a new technology that actually lets you store your own data on your own local network. Imagine! You keep your stuff in your own home or business! Fully Cloud-compatible (via backup and sync services), your stuff is still accessible without the Internet! What do I call this down-to-Earth Cloud-based technology? I shall call it … the Fog.
The Fog is an at-home or in-business successor to Cloud-based technology. It’s like a local area network … but with a better name.