Sunny News About Cloud Computing

A lot of people don’t realize it but they are already using the next technology milestone that analysts predict, will revolutionize the world of computing over the next few years.

This technology is called cloud computing. Capped by the launch of iCloud, a dream project of Apple visionary Steve Jobs, cloud computing in its broad sense has been around for decades. Deployed as email services, online image repositories and web-based document storage, cloud computing refers to an information architecture wherein data and software applications are stored, managed, and used in cyberspace as opposed to a personal computing device.

That means Gmail, Flickr, and YouTube are examples of cloud computing services, and if you are using any of the three or other similar services, you use cloud computing technologies. In the US, some 70% of the online population use cloud computing in the form of webmail services, according to a PEW report.

People generally agree on the benefits of the technology and have mentioned several common advantages:

1. Many users mention the convenience of being able to access their personal data or use online applications like word processors from any electronic device that can connect to the Web. With cloud computing, people don’t even need to own a computer to access their personal data.

2. Flexibility and ease of use are also major factors that attract people to use cloud-based services. Uploading photos on Facebook and videos on YouTube are pretty easy that kids can do both on their own.

3. Being able to share data with personal contacts is another paramount draw among sociable netizens.

4. Close professional collaboration is also facilitated by such cloud applications like Google Docs.

5. The need for carrying floppy disks, USB flash drives, or CDs is greatly reduced as long as an Internet connection can be established.

One source of concern among users though, is the possibility of companies [who control the cloud services] accessing or selling personal data to third parties.

Another issue is an emerging one. If users use different cloud-based services to create, send, receive, and store data, wouldn’t there be a time when multiple data residing on multiple services be difficult to manage? What if a user collaborates with peers using several services such as Gmail, Dropbox, and Evernote? Wouldn’t there be a break somewhere? The need to centralize groups of information will be a pressing one as cloud services continue to gain traction among individual and organizational consumers.

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