CLOUD COMPUTING

Cloud Computing

What it is- A concept/metaphor/service that allows individuals and companies the ability to store and access data and programs over the internet instead of on a computer’s hard drive.

 Advantages- Business apps can cost companies a lot of money. Cloud computing saves companies money by storing the apps on a shared data center. This means that companies don’t need servers and storage for their data, nor do they need to have a technical team to support the hardware and software that would normally be associated with managing apps in-house. In turn, the apps are more secure and more reliable. Also, you only pay what would account for a monthly fee when using the cloud. If a company had its own servers, they’d be paying for them even when they weren’t in use.

Disadvantages- While security is considered an advantage with cloud computing, you are still storing your information on the Internet. So you are still at risk if you are putting sensitive information out there that hackers could possibly come in contact with. Also, since you are using the Internet, you must rely on a reliable connection in order to use the cloud.

Examples- Amazon offers a cloud drive that stores mp3s you purchase from them. Apple has the iCloud service where you can store data such as mail, contacts, and media files and access them from your Mac, PC, or iOS device.

http://www.accenture.com/us-en/outlook/Pages/outlook-online-2012-effective-cloud-management.aspx

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2372163,00.asp

 

CLOUD COMPUTING

Cloud Computing

 What it is- A concept/metaphor/service that allows individuals and companies the ability to store and access data and programs over the internet instead of on a computer’s hard drive.

Advantages- Business apps can cost companies a lot of money. Cloud computing saves companies money by storing the apps on a shared data center. This means that companies don’t need servers and storage for their data, nor do they need to have a technical team to support the hardware and software that would normally be associated with managing apps in-house. In turn, the apps are more secure and more reliable. Also, you only pay what would account for a monthly fee when using the cloud. If a company had its own servers, they’d be paying for them even when they weren’t in use.

Disadvantages- While security is considered an advantage with cloud computing, you are still storing your information on the Internet. So you are still at risk if you are putting sensitive information out there that hackers could possibly come in contact with. Also, since you are using the Internet, you must rely on a reliable connection in order to use the cloud.

Examples- Amazon offers a cloud drive that stores mp3s you purchase from them. Apple has the iCloud service where you can store data such as mail, contacts, and media files and access them from your Mac, PC, or iOS device.

http://www.accenture.com/us-en/outlook/Pages/outlook-online-2012-effective-cloud-management.aspx

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2372163,00.asp