The importance of this new computing model and how it affects our lives:
Cloud computing is something that is spoken a lot and more and more people are using it. But really, what is this kind of computing that promises to completely change the way we work on the computer and the internet? Our data will be safe in this cloud? Is there a danger of losing our information and files? What are the advantages and disadvantages of working in this way? There are many questions, but the answers will emerge over time, and some even exist.
The idea behind cloud computing is to make the information and data processing on a network and not on a local computer. In other words, when using the cloud hosting service, who “works” in data processing are the software and hardware of the network and not the user’s computer, which requires only a browser or application to work as clients.
An excellent example of the power of the cloud is Google Maps. If users of computers would do all the calculations and processes for managing maps and routes can be made on the website of Google, it would take a lot time, and use almost all memory and processing power of the computer.
With data “saved” in the cloud, users can access them through several different platforms
When using an online word processor, for example, is the same. About processes the text information input and output are server computers and not the user. Another facility, for these cases, is that the documents are saved automatically (and after every few seconds), giving greater security to users.
Mr. Piyush Somani, MD and CEO of ESDS Software Solution Pvt. Ltd., believes that “The cloud is already a reality with a high degree of adoption, both by private and public sectors”. He says, developing countries like India have wide acceptance and use of cloud computing, as companies that develop and are born today have greater freedom of choice between which systems to choose, be it the more traditional or cloud. “Companies (in developing countries) do not have many data centers installed, as in developed countries, so are freer to choose which way to go. Replacing old hardware with new generation technology has become a major concern for organizations. Cloud computing and cloud hosting seems to be the only option for organizations having dozens of physical dedicated servers“.
Examples of cloud computing
Email: It may even be naive not to think or remember it, but the e-mail is one of the forerunners of cloud navigation. Just think of the amount of information that is stored and exchanged via e-mail without even no data has to be downloaded or recorded on computers.
Archives: The management and maintenance of files in the cloud also become something very important, if not essential, for anyone working with large amounts of digital documents. Researchers, graduate students or any person working with a good amount of spreadsheets, documents and images in the cloud ended up finding a great place to keep documents up to date and secure. After all, there are few stories of those who lost computers and, along with them, their important data and / or confidential. Examples of providers that offer this type of service are Google Docs, Apple, Dropbox and ESDSs eNlight Cloud.
Music: Listening to music on the Internet has also become a habit – and maybe longer. Even in India, it is common to those who have already gotten used to listen to the radios on some internet sites, with songs that the user can choose, either by musical style or artist. There are now also more specific services such as Last.fm, where users create accounts and can fully configure radio, from the choice of music to the suggestion of other artists, according to musical taste. Remember also that even the Google has entered the market of music in the cloud with the launch of Google Music. It is available only in the select territories for now, but it should arrive soon to other countries.
Documents and its Work: Some time ago, I also work directly with documents in the cloud which has already gained popularity, especially in groups where more than one person needs access to the same document. One of the best examples is Google Docs, which stores documents and makes them editable by the owner who deems necessary. School work, college or even companies get faster and easier because all the people related to it can access the document and change it, since it is in the cloud.
Notes And Productivity: Currently, the use of notes application also gained much popularity, mainly because they are a good tool to organize ideas, projects, reminders, or simply would like to store that information. Comes both for computers and for smartphones.
Web Apps: Working in the cloud is also possible and this is mainly due to web apps, and internet applications. The platform is the most famous Google Apps, with applications to text documents, spreadsheets, presentations, PDF files reader, as well as other calendar and task manager. Of course, other large companies also have applications that run directly on the Internet, like Microsoft, with Office Web Apps, or even Apple, which has a large catalog of _Web apps_.
Computers, netbooks, smartphones and tablets, cloud computing is ready for all platforms, which allows for unprecedented mobility for users, if they wish, no longer need to carry pen drives and storage and can access their information anywhere, anytime with an internet connection and an access platform. It is clear that problems still exist, especially with regard to trust, security and stability of Internet connections.
Hence, the verdict will change over time and with use.