What is cloud computing? It is storing and acquiring data and programs on the internet instead of your computer’s hard drive. Or else defined as “hardware and software services from a provider on the internet.”
Cloud is a metaphor for the internet which accepts connections and gives out information as it floats. One of the benefits of cloud computing services is that firms can steer clear of the upfront cost and maintaining their own IT infrastructure, and instead pay for what they use. The term cloud computing was introduced in 2006, although the concept of computing as a service has been around for a longer time — as far back as the 1960s.
Consumer vs. Business
Cloud computing affects individual consumers like for those who work in small offices and use the internet regularly.
But in business, it is an entirely different “cloud.”Some companies choose to implement Software as a Service, in which the business subscribes to an application which is accessed over the internet. And there’s Platform as a Service, where a firm creates its own applications for the use of the company. And, let us not forget about Infrastructure as a Service, where companies like Amazon, Microsoft, and Google provides a backbone which can be rented out by different companies.
Common cloud computing examples
Sometimes, the lines between local computing and cloud computing can get blurry. Cloud is a part of almost everything on our computers these days. You can have a local piece of software like Microsoft Office, which utilizes a form of cloud computing for the purpose of storage. Microsoft also offers a set of applications that are based on the web; these are web-only versions of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint accessed through your web browser without installing anything. That will make it a version of cloud computing.
Some other examples which you are using,
1] Google drive: This is a device that is entirely based on cloud computing, where all the storage is online, which works with cloud productivity applications like Google Documents, Sheets, and slides. You can use Google Drive not only on desktop computers but also on your iPad or smartphones. Most of the google services are based on cloud computing, for example, Gmail, Google Calendar, and so on
2] Apple iCloud: Primarily used for backup, online storage, and for synchronizing of your mail, contacts, and others. The data that you require will be available to you on your iOS,iPadOS,macOS, or Windows devices.iCloud is also the place iPhone users go to utilize the Find My iPhone feature.
3] Dropbox: This has been a simple, reliable file-sync and storage service for years, which is enhanced with lots of collaboration features
One example of a device that is purely cloud-centric is the Chromebook. They are laptops which have just enough local storage and the power to run Chrome OS, which converts Google Chrome, which is a web browser into an operating system. With Chromebook, almost everything you do is online: Therefore, they can be inexpensive, and that’s made them popular for education.
You can even try a ChromeBit, which is a small drive that converts a display with an HDMI port into a computer running Chrome OS.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Cloud Computing
If your business includes selling clothes or repairing shoes, why would you want to do a job of buying a complex computer system? Cloud computing lets you purchase only the service that you require cutting the upfront capital costs of computers. You can avoid tools going out of date and other IT problems like system security and reliability. Plus, it is s really quick and easy process to add new services to your business without waiting for months for the new computer (and its software) to arrive.
In Cloud computing, you buy services; hence, upfront capital costs become ongoing operating costs instead. That might turn out to be much more expensive in the long-term. And there will be a greater dependency on service providers as well. Suppose you’re using the software as a service like writing a report using an online word processing software or composing and sending emails through webmail. In that case, you need a reliable, high-speed Internet connection functioning the entire time you’re working.
Future of cloud computing in business
As computing technology develops, businesses tend to leave behind their older ways and switch to progressing solutions. The future is evolving, and it is difficult to predict the ideas will dominate the world in a few years from now. But cloud computing is here to stay. There might still be applications for USB drives and other similar devices, but you can always back them up on your cloud. Hardware might not become entirely outdated, but it is no longer in its peak. Cloud services will reign supreme over hardware in the years to come.