by Alexander H
Times are changing and technological advancements are changing the way we live our everyday lives. Imagine having your mobile devices in sync with your PC all the time and being able to transfer data amongst those devices. Cloud computing allows you to “organize and mine data from online sources”. You can retrieve and share contacts, e-mails, documents, and even movies through your mobile device or other pc. G-mail and Google Docs are two prime examples of cloud-based services. Accessing a cloud service can be done off-site, through a third-party provider or via the internet through a browser. Cloud computing is also beneficial and convenient for businesses that rely on specific software in order to operate. Instead of purchasing in bulk, each user can access it through this method which will save the business a significant amount of money. Overall, cloud computing will change the way we organize and access our data.
This week in lecture we discussed web applications, clients and web servers, and touched base on cloud computing. We talked about how “cloud computing providers deliver applications via the internet which are accessed from a web browser, while the business software and data are stored on servers at a remote location”. We also covered some sites and services like Twitter, Skype, Gmail, and YouTube that use cloud computing. Both the article and certain material in the slides we covered in class overlap, but the article was able to give me a more in depth look into cloud computing and how its purpose.
Having read the article, I felt that I now have a better understanding and appreciation for technology. Through cloud computing we may create personal clouds, or collections, of our data and documents. We can also sync other devices so that we may access our data where ever we may be. I can also see how it fits well with businesses that heavily rely on software essential to their productivity and life cycle. I can see how sites such as Twitter and other RSS feed blogs have utilized cloud computing to allow users to access other users’ data. Given cloud computing may still be fairly new; I see it being even greater in the near future.
What is Cloud Computing? (2010). PC Magazine, Rivka Tadjer. Retrieved April 1, 2012, from http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2372164,00.asp