Article by June 18, 2012 lienhard

What is cloud computing?

You’ve probably heard the term ‘cloud computing’ passed around liberally these days.  Just exactly what does this mean?

Here’s an example.  Let’s say you’ve placed important information on your computer at home, but now you find yourself wanting to access that information while traveling.  Unless you’ve provided for it, you cannot access the information on your disk drive at home while traveling in Bangladesh.

Now… let’s say you’ve uploaded important information onto the web somewhere.  Now you can access that information from any computer or mobile phone connected to the web.

That is cloud computing, which is just a fancy way of saying your data is accessible anywhere on the internet.  If you use a mail service such as Gmail, then you are experiencing cloud computing.   You can access your email from any computer with a browser and internet connection.

The advantage of cloud computing is accessibility… your files and information can be accessed anywhere.  The disadvantage is security and privacy: your data and files could potentially be compromised if not secure.

Increasingly, the world is moving in this direction:  access your files and services from anywhere on the Internet.