For many of us, clouds still remain the fluffy white things that float in the sky or the darker fluffy things that bring thunderstorms and rain. Well, today there is more to clouds than being fluffy and to float in the sky. Cloud computing has given us a new way to perceive clouds. There was an era when we relied on portable drives, hardware and pen drives to a very large extent and how we used to almost have a stroke if we misplaced these precious data holders. Cloud computing reduces the stroke rate that one might get on losing portable hardware. It is a service that one can subscribe to and get a network storage space and computer resources.
Cloud computing is similar to your e-mail account which you can access from any corner of the world as long as you are connected to the internet. The only difference is that with cloud computing you can choose from the information that is accessible within the cloud. The essentials that you need to get information from cloud computing is an internet connection on any device ranging from a personal computer to a tablet. Just like your email is not housed on your device physically, the information on cloud computing is also not housed on your device physically.
The convenience that cloud computing brings to users is immense. To start with it's the best deal for upcoming businesses and start-up organizations. It helps these budding ventures to make the best out of the limited resources have and give them a chance to stand up well-established organizations that have a stock of hardware and software. It also serves well for people seeking to use it for their personal work. With the number of devices that one person owns today, it might get a little messy to keep a track of the data one might have saved on either the phone or the laptop. Cloud computing helps one to cut through the clutter and becomes a kind of data bank.
There are different types of clouds that can suffice your needs. There is the Public, Private, Community and Hybrid cloud, each with its own specifications so to cater to the needs of different people. Public clouds are accessible to all the subscribers with an internet connection and access to cloud space. Private clouds are set up for specific groups or organizations. Community clouds are set up between two or more organizations that have similar cloud requirements. Lastly, hybrid clouds have the qualities of two types of clouds at the least. The combinations depend on requirements of the people or the organizations.
Cloud computing certainly is futuristic as long as you know that your service provider has taken all the necessary precautions and safety measures.
Many big and small businesses widely use cloud computing either directly or indirectly because of its prominent advantages like up-to-date software, reduction of costs, flexibility, etc. But it involves some privacy concerns also, so cloud security is an evolving sub-domain of computer security and network security.