Cloud Computing: What is it and why use it.

Wikipedia’s definition says that Cloud computing is the use of computing resources (hardware and software) that are delivered as a service over a network (typically the Internet).[…] Cloud computing entrusts remote services with a user’s data, software and computation.

In your day-to-day life, cloud computing takes the shape of Google Docs, online file share services, mobile sync services and email.

Cloud computing comes into focus when you think about what IT always needs: increase capacity and add capabilities without investing in new infrastructure, training new personnel, or licensing new software.

Low computing costs. First main advantage is bringing down computing costs. Most businesses are affected by the costs of high-end hardware for their employees and the more and more resource hungry apps. Using a cloud makes apps accessible to users from a basic terminal.

Storage and sharing. By using cloud storage, you don’t have to store data on your hard drive anymore. You can access it from any location and download it onto any device of your choice, including laptops, tablets or smartphones. Working in cloud also allows you to edit files simultaneously with other users, making it easier to work away from the office. In the past, memory was limited by particular devices. If you ran out of memory, you would need a USB drive or DVD’s to backup your content. Cloud computing provides increased storage, so you won’t have to worry about running out of space on your hard drive.

Centralized. Everything is centralized and fast. You can now use cloud computing to ensure that everyone is on the same page when it comes to computing standards. One implementation of a new application is enough. Also, clouds are easy to manage and bring down the costs of maintaining separate servers. Cloud computing puts everything together in a very organized manner.

Automatic updates. The cloud computing provider is responsible for the updates – you just have to download them. You don’t need to be an expert to update your device, the provider will automatically notify you and provide the instructions, thus saving precious time.

Security in cloud computing has proven better than scattered networks. With the right amount of skill an intruder can access a physical server and damage or steal data. This kind of access is impossible under cloud as security is much tighter.

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Cloud as a Service is feasible to annoye as long as you know what you want.I’d like to live my life with a smile and usually use the above type of examples. In this video John Cleese is really spot on when he compares a laptop with a dead fish. In over 30 years in IT business I have learned that religious’ choices and hidden agenda’s oftentimes have companies make really bad decisions. When focusing on the Cloud, there are many ways to do it wrong, but as many ways to do it right. Come back to this website as often as you can. I might be able to help you. Cloud as a Service could be a dead fish or a brilliant solution to many of your problems.

These devices are one of the must-haves for the moedrn home entertainment center or home networks. They can perform multiple tasks from backups to media streaming. If you have a network, and just want a common place to store files, this will do it. Need a streaming media server for your new TV or networked media player? Ditto. Automatic network backup? Check. I’m using it for storing photos and videos. Since digital photos are only virtual (no more negatives for safety!), backups are a must. I keep several backups, as photography is a hobby and a job. I also have media streaming devices hooked up to my TV’s, and they can play video, audio and show photos from the web and attached network devices. This device shows up on the list of network devices, and it’s a few clicks to navigate to the media desired. Streaming works perfectly. Everything you need is in the box. A short networking cable, power supply, the network drive and installation CD. Installation is easy and straight forward. Attach the power and network cables, sit down at your PC, drop in the install CD, and follow the steps. You can’t just plug in and go you need to run the install CD. This is not just a drive it’s also a mini file server. You need to set up permissions and user accounts. The first thing the installer did was check for an update. One was available, so I let it install it. This took about 25 minutes. This step can be skipped, but it’s always a good idea to install updates. After that was completed I created a couple of user accounts quick and easy. You can create private storage accounts, public, and pick who has access to what accounts. So little Billy can’t see his sister’s stuff, or each employee can have a private and public storage area. Really handy and well executed. Also included is backup software PC, Mac and automatic network. I did not install the software. I’ve used it in the past, and prefer manual backups. Case: If you know WD products, you’ll notice that they all have the same look. Their media streamer looks like a miniature version of this unit. It’s identical to their external drives. The user interface is browser based, so is accessible to anyone on the network with admin access. I’ve been using it for a couple of weeks now, and have not encountered any issues. Only one caveat when the drive arrives, you have 900 gig of storage. It may be a one TB drive, but only 900 gig is available. Warnings: 1) When you setup the drive, make a note of the IP address. The instructions for accessing via the network in My Computer in the manual don’t work in Windows 7. You need to use the browser and enter the IP address. The shortcut also works differently in different OS. Windows 7 double clicking on the icon opens the shared folder. On XP it opens the dashboard / control panel for the mybook. 2) The only interface is the network port. Don’t expect to attach anything to the device except the network cable and power. Comments: The interface, although web based, is a little clunky. For the price, you can’t go wrong great bang for the buck.

Thank you explaining cloud computing. I’ve used Outlook Exchange for awhile now, but I have recently started looking into applications based in the cloud, like Evernote. When it comes time for me to purchase an EMR/EHR, I will definitely need to look hard at those that are cloud based.

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