Cloud computing is just now staking its claim in the market, but the principles of this new method of networking will no doubt be the future of computing in the next generation.
Cloud computing involves placing files and data on the “cloud,” which is basically a network that exists independently of any one device. The advantage to this is that the data is available from devices no matter where they are because it is streamed on the internet. By putting computer applications themselves, businesses can use the cloud to make sure that their employees have full access to the tools they need no matter where they are or what device they are using. It eliminates the need for each employee to have a computer specially loaded with the business’s special applications because it can all be accessed on the cloud.
A cloud company can maintain the network and make sure that security is not compromised. Also, if there are problems, there is only one set of files that have to troubleshoot, instead of having multiple applications on potentially thousands of computers.
For private citizens, cloud computing is just as much of a game-changer. With mobile devices becoming exceedingly popular, people are always finding themselves in a crunch for space. For example, these sleek, small devices can only provide so much physical room for data, so users are constantly having to change out things if they want different files at their fingertips. A common use is in music. A user of an MP3 player of iPod has a limited amount of space so they have to change the files out if they want to have new music at their disposal.
Cloud computing eliminates this problem. The user can put his or her entire music database on the cloud and stream it to their device instantly. Storage limitations are no longer important, as space on the cloud is widely available.
In the next generation, cloud computing will no doubt transform the way people use computers and mobile devices. Hard disk space and memory will become less and less of a factor as more people embrace the use of the cloud. As a new cloud company springs up virtually every day, competition will be fierce. This will drive down prices making it even easier for consumers to get their own piece of the cloud. The future means having everything you need at your fingertips, all the time.