Make use of ‘the Cloud’

(On The Shelves)

BYJIMMY MAWERERE

The Cloud.” Most of the smart phone users have an icon for a cloud function. But to many it is one that they click on by mistake, bringing registration details they don’t “understand”.

What exactly is “the cloud” and how does it work, what are the benefits of using the Cloud? Well, “the cloud” is the Internet.

The Internet is made up of all of these different repositories, each one of which can provide a different service; i.e. the Dropbox, iCloud, gmail etc.

So Cloud computing is a type of computing that relies on sharing resources rather than having local servers or personal devices to handle applications.

Cloud computing is comparable to grid computing, a type where unused processing cycles of all computers in a network are harnessed to solve problems too intensive for any stand-alone machine.

Cloud provides you with definite IT system solution, being secure, reliable and cost effective.

Cloud computing and storage solutions provide users and enterprises with various capabilities to store and process their data in either privately owned or third-party data centers that may be located far from the user.

Cloud computing relies on sharing of resources to achieve coherence.

While using it, you attain reliability with a managed service platform.

It is much more reliable and consistent than in-house IT infrastructure. You will benefit from a pool of redundant IT resources. Good cloud-based services are also flexible.

Once you upload your documents on the cloud, you actually access them anywhere in the world, contrary to the fear of losing a memory stick; cloud services will guarantee that safety.

Documents are received and accessed in real time once they are shared on the cloud.

Secure, most cloud service providers devote priority to security of clients’ data. When your information is uploaded to such platforms, the data is usually secure, they invest more than on stand alone, and when a gadget is lost, one is sure their data is safe. Portability is another good reason for cloud computing. Your data (photos, messages, notes, etc.) are easy to transport. I.e. there are platforms that offer up to one terabyte of data storage. Gmail offers 15gb for the start. iCloud and other services have similar services and space.

Note that there are a variety of options for data storage  in the present era which can phase out of the portable memory stick.

With all these merits of the cloud, there are pitfalls that could hind proper functionality, i.e. downtime, in case the provider of the service is overwhelmed with a number of clients, this usually leads to break down and the service being temporarily suspended.

If the internet is down, this too could cause inaccessibility to your required data.

Since the cloud infrastructure is entirely owned, managed and monitored by the service provider, it transfers minimal control over to the customer. The customer can only control and manage the applications, data and services operated on top of that, not the virtual infrastructure itself.

Key administrative tasks such as server shell access, updating and firmware management may not also be passed to the customer or end user.

It could be without doubt that cloud computing has made data management, transfer and sharing very easy and safe.

These services are within reach (on most smart phones and email subscribers).

The services help us in limiting the spread of viruses brought by sharing a memory stick to sharing of data with a few clicks.

Cloud computing is fast, you can share all your documents on all your gadgets for accessibility, that’s why you should embrace it.

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