Technology is as ever-changing as it is advanced.
If you were born before the 90s you have seen the amazing leaps and bounds that technology has made in a relatively short time.
Whether it was
- Computers becoming cheap and readily available to anyone
- Production being handled by machines
- The refinement of AI
- The miniaturization of technology
- The proliferation of digital media
- The exponential growth of storage mediums and space.
Or any number of items that, if included on the list, would make this article too long; the most likely thing is that you have seen some form of technology make a stunning advancement.
Seeing as this is not only a trend that has been consistent since the introduction of technology into our everyday lives, but also the lifeblood of any industry related to technology itself (after all, who would be interested in something that doesn’t evolve?), everybody should be interested in these developments and trends.
And you might even ask yourself: why should I take the time to review the advances and developments in technology that occur? I don’t have the time to keep up with everything that’s going on and with developments in fields or applications that I don’t even have to use.
But there’s the catch of it: depending on what gets designed or improved, you never know if there’s a chance that you will end up using one of these technological advances in your everyday life, or perhaps for work. After all, if you ask people how they used to, say, keep records and data on patients in a hospital in the 1970s and how they did it 20 years later, you’ll find that there’s quite a lot of technology involved that they had no idea would even exist 20 years down the line.
So, in the interesting of expanding our knowledge about new and exciting form of technology, let’s take a moment to review what has to be one of the most talked about things in recent years: cloud computing.
We’d be willing to bet you have heard the term “the cloud” quite a few times in this year alone, since it is one of the most exciting developments in computer science and as such it is being touted by everyone left and right.
But what exactly is cloud computing and what can we do with it? Well, the absolute most basic definition of it is as follows:
- Cloud computing is a type of Internet-based computing that provides shared computer processing resources and data to computers and other devices on demand. It is a model for enabling ubiquitous, on-demand access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., computer networks, servers, storage, applications and services), which can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort.
To simplify it a little more: cloud computing allows anyone access to the resources of a lot of computers, some of which are very powerful, whenever they need it.
No more problems with, say, compressing (or storing) a huge video file. No more slow decompression of files or code compiling. No more running out of space to store your data. No need to install a program in every single computer in order to be able to use it. No more waiting for a file sent from a co-worker in order to be able to edit it or add a comment to it just to send it back out and wait for a response.
And all of this power comes at a fraction of the cost that a company would incur if they actually bought computers with that much power. This is all possible due to the power of cloud computing.
For the average user, however, the most likely application for cloud computing is going to be storage. In fact, the most likely thing is that you’re already using a cloud storage application without really knowing it.
If you use either:
- Google Drive
- iCloud Drive
You are indeed making use of cloud storage, although some people think that these applications are directly competing with cloud storage.
When it comes to deciding which of these services to use however, it comes down to personal preference. You might want to go with your smartphone’s default cloud storage service and use iCloud or Google Drive. Perhaps you like the interface and availability of Dropbox, or you prefer to keep Windows’ own OneDrive handy on all of your PCs.
Whatever the reason, make sure you check out what they offer and the prices for more storage before you commit 100%, since each one of these services has different fees for different amounts of space (50 gigabytes of space on OneDrive costs more per month than Google
Drive’s 100 gigabytes, for example). As always, research and read a lot before committing.
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