What is the Cloud?

by Nelson T
In an article that I have read from PC Magazine Online, cloud computing is the next big thing coming to consumers and businesses. Cloud computing allows people to have complete access to their personal data as well as data from other users as well. This is called Personal Cloud Computing. An example of one of the many benefits of the personal cloud is automatic sync. If a user searches for music using their mobile device, purchases a piece of music from their favorite artist, the mp3 file downloads not only on their mobile device but also downloads automatically to their home computer and other devices that are linked that cloud account. Other items include the user’s address book, email and documents.  Having access to the cloud is fairly cheap and this is attracts business. Businesses can use the cloud to do some serious data mining on the fly. Having access to information coming from their users. A way that a cloud can be distinguished is from key attributes such as it being from a third party vendor that is usually off site, accessed over the internet, minimal IT knowledge are a few attributes. Cloud computing is very useful for a connected consumer and for the success of a business. As an owner of an Apple iPhone, I am a user of their cloud service named iCloud. I find this service to be very useful. Just like my example from earlier, anything i do on my mobile smartphone is sync automatically to cloud servers and then pushed to my laptop and other devices that are connected to the iCloud service. I have personally realized the benefits of this service and its been great since the start. I rely on it almost everyday to make sure I get what i need from anywhere I am connected.

 

What is Cloud Computing? (2010). PC Magazine, Rivka Tadjer. April 1, 2012

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2372163,00.asp

 

2 thoughts on “What is the Cloud?”

  1. Before reading this post, I did not realize how cloud computing was already being implemented into our daily personal lives. I assumed that only businesses were the only ones utilizing cloud computing. As much as I think it is cool about the convenience of cloud computing into our daily lives, it makes me wonder what kind of personal information might be accidentally leaked because of all those computers/phones synced together.

  2. Good post!! I liked how you pointed out that email is a form of cloud technology. Many people don’t realize they already use cloud technology. Great write up…

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