Cloud Computing and Why We Need It!

The wave is technology grows everyday by the second and if you’re not on board, you will surely miss out! It changes so rapidly that we must have innovative ways to retain what is put out in the ether. Manual documents are not enough because papers get destroyed and your hard work could be lost forever. Having a backup plan such as hard drives, flash drives and virtual folders are the best way to keep up with the times and better manage what you want to have for years to come. 

Putting things “in the cloud” is a term that has been spoken for several years now but it was once thought of as just a fad. Cloud computing is an information technology paradigm that enables access to shared system resources. Simply put, it is a way of outsourcing computer programs. The initial term of time-sharing, meaning sharing the combined hardware and software, was made in the 1960s by IMB and DEC. In 1977, the symbol of the cloud was used to represent networks of computing equipment by ARPANET and again in 1981 by CNET. The word cloud was used by AT&T and General Electric to describe their paired technologies in 1993. During that era, telecommunication companies began offering virtual private network and use overall network bandwidth more effectively when they saw fit to do so. The phrase first was mentioned as early as 1996 in a Compaq internal document. Amazon.com made it popular in 2006 by releasing a product called Elastic Compute Cloud.

Headaches and frustrations are eliminated when you use shared computing. This mean you only pay for what you need, and upgrades are automatic. Users can access software from wherever they are via a mobile device or computer. With cloud applications, you can simply open your browser, log in, start using it and customize the browser however you choose. Large companies are moving their applications to the cloud because of the benefits and the ease of having everything in a virtual place. One of the main benefits of putting things into cloud is the low cost which is a great tool to have in certain situations. Another benefit is being reliable since it is hosted by a third party, which give users great assurance and easy access to customer support. 

This type of service covers basic storage, networking and processing power as well as basic office applications. Services like Gmail and Netflix uses the cloud to store photos and stream videos via your smartphone or tablet respectively. The cloud has become a default option for many apps vendors are using the Internet as opposed to brick and mortar ways of selling products. The importance of the cloud in the 21st century is an indication of the growing reliance on external sources of infrastructure, management, application and security services. Global spending on the cloud will reach a predicted $260 billion this year because it is growing at a faster rate than analysts expected.