Cloud computing is the delivery of computing as a service rather than a product, whereby shared resources, software and information are provided to computers and other devices as a utility(like the electricity grid) over a network (typically the Internet). – Wikipedia
Cloud computing is the “hot new thing” on the Internet. Everybody is talking about it. Trouble is, everyone has their own definition of what it is!
To put it simply, the “Cloud” refers to applications and/or services that are available to you online, that do NOT require you to purchase additional software to be installed on your computer. The name “Cloud” refers to the somewhat nebulous nature of the setup… that the information is “out there” in the “cloud” as opposed to being physically stored on your PC/server.
Examples – Google Docs, Dropbox, Online Backup, Evernote, etc.
The advantages to utilizing the “cloud” are somewhat obvious. You dont have to have physical storage onsite. You also dont have to provide redundancy for that same storage. You can access your files from any computer that has internet access. Backup is usually a set-up-once-and-forget-it kind of process.
The disadvantages can be less obvious. If the site where your files are stored goes offline, you may have no recourse for obtaining your information. This isnt usually a high-priority problem as most “cloud” servers have many redundancies built in for just such an emergency. If you dont have access to the internet, you dont have access to your files (if you dont have copies on your hard drive.).
Wether the “cloud” is a good choice for you or your company, is definitely worth doing the research. Or talk to your local experts at Geek Easy! We’ll help clear up any confusion and help you make the transition!
For more information, click here –> http://geek-easy.com/contact-us/
420 N. Church St. STE 1
Kalamazoo, MI 49007