Cloud computing is nothing new, but some new technology that’s been getting a lot of buzz lately has people talking about it more than ever. People don’t understand how powerful cloud computing truly is and how much it’s going to change the way we use the internet and computers in general.
If you aren’t familiar with cloud computing take a look at the picture below and let me give you a quick explanation:
Imagine all of your files being in one centralized location that you can access from any computer in the world with internet access. Your spreadsheets, documents, pictures, pdfs, EVERYTHING. You never have to carry around a laptop, or even a flash drive if you don’t want to. If you need to grab a file or work on something at a friends house, public library, or even at an internet cafe you just grab it off of your cloud and start working.
This is already a mainstream practice people take advantage of daily but this is barely scraping the surface of what cloud computing is capable of. A lot of companies are gravitating toward turning their applications into web apps that can be used by anyone and anywhere (with internet access). It doesn’t matter what operating system you have, how much hard drive space is on your computer, or even how new your computer is. Microsoft is working on turning the Microsoft Office Suite into a web app allowing you to work on spreadsheets, documents, etc. from anywhere with a web browser and internet connection. Any software-related business that doesn’t jump on this trend is going to be hurting in a few years once the technology is less expensive to develop for smaller companies and it starts snowballing. Within 5-6 years (at most) installing applications on your computer will be a thing of the past that is rarely done because it won’t be necessary.
Just imagine being able to open your web browser and do ANYTHING you can imagine without downloading/installing software or dealing with compatibility issues.
Ok, I’m done rambling about the awesomeness of cloud computing. If you’re interested in trying it out I highly recommend Dropbox which provides cloud computing at it’s finest – the best part is that it’s free!