Main Benefits of a Cloud-Based World
While computers are incredible devices, they possess certain limitations that drastically impact their usefulness. That’s not to imply they aren’t useful, but rather that there is so much untapped potential that it’s frustrating to think of what could be but is not yet a reality. Many don’t realize the usefulness of the Cloud. This article hopes to address the main benefits that you will find ‘in the cloud’.
Consider gaming hardware. Anyone who wants to play a high-end PC release needs to spend at least $1,000 to ensure their computer can run it and that they can enjoy all the perks of having such a powerful machine. The need to constantly upgrade hardware is a huge barrier to entry, and it’s one many households aren’t able to overcome.
One way to resolve this issue is to allow customers to stream video input of games being run remotely on their hardware, and all the user’s system has to do is display the video and register player input. The technology is currently in development and imperfect, but with better Internet infrastructure, as well as innovations cheap, low-grade hardware will be able to provide gamers with everything they currently pay a high premium to attain.
This is one of many promising developments from the Cloud. Despite the fact that computers, cell phones and other devices are more interconnected than ever before, moving data from one device to another is still a hassle, and with certain applications it’s not even possible to move them across platforms because the hardware on the other end is incapable of supporting them. With the Cloud, one of these problems can be eliminated immediately, and the other isn’t far behind.
Defining The Cloud
The Cloud is, in the simplest sense, is remote data storage. That means that instead of saving a document to your desktop, you place it online where you can access it from any Internet capable device. This also has implications for business and productivity; things can be posted within a shared space that everyone within an organization can access. If you’re working on a project with five other people, they can see any changes or additions you make immediately, and the same applies for anything they do. Because each person can work on any device from any location, the only limit on productivity is the amount of time that can be devoted to the project, and that’s just the beginning.
Future Possibilities and Current Realities
With current virtual services, Cloud computing has already been realized. This isn’t the optimistic future-talk of tech philosophers and would-be cyborgs; it’s a reality that we’re living now, and three of the biggest benefits are an increase in productivity, the elimination of the hassle of moving files from one place to another, and the option of buying less-powerful hardware than would be necessary if everything on the cloud were running on your PC.
Another major perk, and perhaps the biggest one of all, is that Cloud computing prevents data loss. In a typical scenario, when a hard drive goes belly up so does everything on it. That’s not the case with anything stored on the Cloud. Absolute catastrophe can strike on the user’s end but once they regain access to the Internet all of their most important files are still there. Current cloud services offer virtual storage space to back-up and house your files.
In the future, there will likely be a prevalence of computers designed specifically to run Web applications and only that. Some hardware manufacturers are already offering low-cost, web-only, laptops that access cloud services and use less resources for normal computing. These cheaper alternatives use the Cloud to complete tasks and allow the laptop to handle less of the workload, which in turn reduces the resources needed and costs for manufacturing. This may lead to a future of $100 laptops that can perform the tasks of many of the $1000 laptops on the market.
The Cloud is Everywhere
Many of the applications that are critical to both work and leisure have migrated onto the Web, and soon even the most powerful hardware will be inextricably linked to the Cloud. The advantages from a consumer standpoint are too numerous to ignore, and it promises to make both communication and collaboration more intuitive than they’ve ever been. There are already plenty of ways to take advantage of it and it’s still in its infancy. Whether you could benefit for practical reasons or simply because you love new tech, you owe it to yourself to see what the Cloud has to offer. It sounds good on paper, but it has to be experienced to grasp how beneficial it truly is.
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Josh Clark writes for technology blogs and magazines offering tips and tricks on large file transfer.
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