Cloud Computing

Basics of Cloud Computing

In a cloud computing system, there's a significant workload shift. Local computers no longer have to do all the heavy lifting when it comes to running applications. The network of computers that make up the cloud handles them instead. Hardware and software demands on the user's side decrease. The only thing the user's computer needs to be able to run is the cloud computing system's interface software, which can be as simple as a Web browser, and the cloud's network takes care of the rest.

Examples of cloud software

If you have an e-mail account with a Web-based e-mail service like Hotmail, Yahoo! Mail or Gmail, then you've had some experience with cloud computing. Instead of running an e-mail program on your computer, you simply log in to a web e-mail account remotely. The software and storage for your account doesn't exist on your computer because it's on the service's computer cloud.

Software avaliable from the cloud

Instead of using a physical copy of software, your copy of the software can be stored in a cloud to be downloaded just like some videogames. The servers store your account information with the copy of the software so you can have it on any computer without a copy of the disc for it. Adobe Creative Suite 6 is $69.99 a month for its features off of a cloud.

Benefits of Cloud Computing

Cost efficient~there are many one-time-payment, pay-as-you-go and other scalable options available

Almost unlimited storage~Storing information in the cloud gives you almost unlimited storage capacity.

Backup and recovery~Since all your data is stored in the cloud, backing it up and restoring the same is relatively much easier than storing the same on a physical device.

Automatic software integration~ software integration is usually something that occurs automatically.

Easy access to information~Once you register yourself in the cloud, you can access the information from anywhere, where there is an Internnet Connection.

Quick Developement~cloud computing gives you the advantage of quick deployment.

Downsides of Cloud Computing

Technical Issues~You should be aware of the fact that this technology is always prone to outages and other technical issues.

Security in the cloud~ Before adopting this technology, you should know that you will be surrendering all your company’s sensitive information to a third-party cloud service provider.

Prone to attack~Storing information in the cloud could make your company vulnerable to external hack attacks and threats.