Cloud Computing Made Simple

 

iCloud what’s it all about?

iCloud is a cloud service from Apple Inc. announced on June 6, 2011 at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC).

The service allows users to store data such as music files and automatically sync between multiple devices such as: iPhones, iPods, iPads, Macintoshes and personal computers.

It also replaces MobileMe, acting as a data syncing center for email, contacts, calendars, bookmark, notes, to-do lists and other data.

What is iCloud or cloud computing?

Everybody is sure that cloud computing is key to the future of IT, but people often seem unsure quite what it is. In fact, it’s an umbrella term for a number of different trends, all involving the internet and it’s potential to simplify the way we use computers and extend their capabilities.

The “cloud” is the internet, and the term is fitting – it’s large, out there somewhere, and fuzzy at the edges. Cloud computing is about putting more of your material out there and less on PCs or servers that a business runs for itself.

What are the benefits of Cloud Computing?

Cloud computing is an online form of computing (Web 2.0 in fact) where users can access applications via a browser, while the application is installed and stored (as well as the data) on a server. This is a whole new form of computing and is allowing thousands of users from all around the world to access something without having to download and install anything on their own computers. An example of this would be Google Docs.

Though it may not sound safe, there are many benefits for cloud computing. In fact, many companies use it, including Amazon, Yahoo, Google, Zoho, Microsoft and Salesforce. This becoming the norm in computing and software, though there is some risk. So what is the big to do about cloud computing? What makes it so fabulous? Here are just a few of the reasons.

Reduced Cost It helps keep the cost down for both the users and website owners. Also for the users, they can access it from any computer and still have the file they need. For the owners, they do not need to reproduce the software and ship it out. They just rent the server space.

More Storage They can hold more storage than a personal computer can.  It takes away the need for the upgrading computer memory, which also helps keep the cost down for the companies and users alike.

Computing Flexibility It has more flexibility than other network computing systems and saves time plus money for people who are in a time crunch.

Mobility Like most networks it allows users to connect even without their own computers, meaning you can do your work from anywhere in the world as long as you have an internet connection and a computer access. So you can take your work with you on your wedding and vacations.

Why Use External Hard Drives?

 

There are plenty of positives to using an external hard drive. You can keep your data safe should your system fail, there’s plenty of space to store bulky multimedia files, and all your documents are in one place.

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