When we talk of this cloud, we are not referring to the normal cloud that we were taught about at school, where our teachers told us that they are tinny water droplets blah blah blah…
We have seen in the recent years, the various trends in the digital world and Cloud computing happens to be another trending topic. But what exactly is cloud computing? Well, one can choose to answer this question by saying, It is a system in Information technology that focuses on storage of information on a remote database. Also this can also mean some big Organisations can use these services for communication, and also for management purposes.
So who can use the cloud?
Individuals and companies can make use of this piece of technology. We see this technology as the “replacement” for flash drives, memory cards etc. and the reason being it opens up a newer level of security of data. Imagine, during the old days, when you store your information on a flash drive and you lose the drive, certainly you know all your information is lost and probably irrecoverable. Now that we have cloud computing services from some Free service providers such as Drop box , Google drive , Media fire etc. The beauty of this technology is that, you do not have to have data physically stored in your Laptop, smart phone or flash, but somehow you still have access to all your files anywhere.
Artists also can make use of cloud computing, to share their content or creations with their followers in real-time, and in a relatively inexpensive way.
A brief history of cloud computing (According to TechTarget)
Cloud computing traces its origins back to the 1960s, when the computer industry recognized the potential benefits of delivering computing as a service or a utility. However, early computing lacked the connectivity and bandwidth needed to implement computing as a utility. It wasn’t until the broad availability of internet bandwidth in the late 1990s that computing as a service became practical.
In the late 1990s, Salesforce offered one of the first commercially successful implementations of enterprise SaaS. This was followed closely by the arrival of AWS in 2002, offering a range of services, including storage and computation – and now embracing databases, machine learning and other services. Today, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform and other providers have joined AWS in providing cloud-based services to individuals, small businesses and global enterprises.
Here are some benefits of cloud computing
- Easily recover data – Consider in the event that you store your files in a physical drive, and that drive is destroyed or lost, as we mentioned earlier. Obviously that would mean a bad day for you, but with cloud computing, as long as your service provider is reliable, you will never lose your data. You could have that data stored on a physical drive, and just backed up in cloud just in case, and yes that is the moment you realise it is important to use this technology.
- Easily retrieve data – Now lets say you have this nice song you did and you decided to store it in your phone, but your phone is running low on memory. You delete your files but only after backing them up on cloud, and you remain with a happy phone (Yuppie ). You then travel to some place and you meet new people. Now you find someone who wants that nice song but you have it stored in your cloud, and all you have to do is share the link to the file location and they are happy and you are happy. That certainly shows how serious you are with your work.
- Expansion of your storage – You own a phone or a computer with very limited storage, and you happen to get access to a lot of files which your device can not take, and you can not afford to carry an external hdd or an extra Memory card. But luckily for you though, you are very smart, you know about cloud computing, you simply upload your files onto your drive in the cloud, so technically you have expanded your storage because you now have data that could not fit in your original storage space.
- Easy to share information – Now lets say you have this important document you want to send to someone but it’s stored in your cloud drive. Is it not easy to just share the link to the document with them, instead of having it in your machine and that means uploading the document to send as an email, or in the event that your network is quite slow, and the document feels like its taking forever to upload.
Here are some of the demerits of Cloud
- Data security – Data and information make up the most important part of every business and we do recommend that, Businesses make sure that the relevant data has secured with strong fencing. This is why the modern technology has captured the whole world by providing the best results and facilities.
- Outages – Surely it is important to make sure that your service provider is reputable and will not have outages as this could be of great inconvenience, and in some times, Millions if not billions of dollars could be lost during the down time, and also your own reputation could be shaken.
We do think that people and organisations should take cloud computing seriously as this will soon be the data storage and sharing technology of choice. Businesses and artists should use this technology as leverage, to get ahead in this highly sophisticated and competitive world. There are some artists who have already started making use of this tech, such as DeelerB . We really appreciate the work and the contributions made by this artist in the tech world. Cloud computing has other uses and other elements that we did not mention in the article, but are equally as important, and that is why we definitely love this piece of technology. Remember to leave your comment in the comment box below, or send us a message on our Facebook page TRAMS TECH , and you sharing this article with those who want this information will be greatly appreciated.