You’ve heard about the Cloud, but what are the details? Cloud or web-based computing involves storing and accessing data over the Internet, not via your hard drive.
Business cloud computing may mean creating custom cloud applications (Platform-as-a-Service) or large companies like Amazon or Google “renting out” space (Infrastructure-as-a-Service).
For individual consumers, many major Internet players offer cloud services. Google Drive and other Google apps let you share data online. Microsoft’s office-only product suite Office 365 works in the cloud, and Amazon Cloud Drive stores media for anytime access.
Cloud computing comes with risks – control by telecom companies, intellectual property issues, and crash potential. Many businesses and individuals, however, are still taking the leap.