Unless you’ve been living in a cave for the past five years, you will have heard the phrase ‘cloud computing’ increasingly being used by those around you.
Cloud computing is a rapidly growing solution to modern day information storage and sharing issues, and is the use of multiple server computers via a digital network which act as if they were one entity. The 'Cloud' itself is a virtualisation of resources – such as networks, servers, applications and data storage - allowing access to information on-demand.
But how does this relate to you, the user? Well, chances are you’re already experiencing the befits of cloud computing; for example, if you’re using DropBox, Google Docs, or Gmail, then you’re a member of the cloud computer community.
This advancement in the way we store and share our data comes with a plethora of perks.
Cloud computing allows for a level of flexibility that quickly meets end-user demands and allows for a collaborative change of direction in an efficient and low-stake manner.
Similarly, cloud computing encourages collaboration, with applications allowing participants (wherever they are geographically) to coordinate and work together in real-time on apiece of work. This is evident in cloud applications such as Dropbox and Google Docs.
This technology also has an effect on document control. As demonstrated in one study "73% of knowledge workers collaborate with people in different time zones and regions at least monthly". This would formerly have required the transmitting of one document between multiple people who were only able to work on it one person at a time. Cloud computing allows companies to maintains files in one central location, and everyone works off of one central version.
Cloud computing is also affective for security, as it allows central security-enabled access, the level of which can be set by an overall administrator. No longer does a lost laptop mean a security breach, as account access can be altered via the Cloud.
By using cloud computing services, you are also doing a favour for the environment; according to one report, cloud computing shows a dramatic reduction in carbon emissions.
Thus it is obvious why so many individuals and businesses alike are turning to cloud computing for their data storage needs.
When combined with supporting technology, such as mobile notes pro - which allows users to remotely capture, save and convert handwritten notes to editable text, which can then be sent to Word, Evernote etc, and easily connected via Bluetooth to the Android platform – it is no wonder that so many are evangelising the perks of cloud computing.