What is Cloud Computing and how can I make use of it?

Phil January 21, 2011
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Once again, not being a very advanced computer literate user, can you explain how to make use of cloud computing. What is it? How does it work? How do I you use it to help me communicate with others or store information in a central location? Thanks for all of your answers!

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  1. Aibek
    January 25, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    Hey Phil,

    In simple terms, 'cloud' basically means 'online'. For regular internet users cloud shouldn't really mean anything.

    Let me explain, when using online email (i.e. Yahoo Mail, Gmail) you're already making use of cloud.

    When you upload and edit a Word document online (Google Docs) you again making use of cloud. When you share the documents with friends and collaborate on them together that's one of the examples of cloud computing.

    That's about it. When you take this further you may think of cloud as a computer as an online server that you access via browser and do all kinds of stuff that normally (until recently) used to be done on users' computer.

    Read following post,

    How Does Cloud Computing Work? [Technology Explained]
    http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/cloud-computing-work-technology-explained/

  2. Gladis
    January 24, 2011 at 12:31 am

    Cloud computing is really useful for any sort of business or personal sites. And it varies depends of the supplier and sofware.

    You may be interested in read this: http://www.agilitycms.com/Blog/The-Cloud.aspx
    It'll help you understand the differences between terms and definitions.

    If you have any questions let me know and I'll be pleased to help you out.
    Twitter: @gladta
    @agilitycms

  3. Jbraun
    January 22, 2011 at 11:07 pm

    IaaS is a great way to reduce CAPEX, increase scalability, and help stream line internal IT projects. As highlighted you can save licensing costs (OS and VMWare), remove the need to COLO costs, remove the costs of hardware, and operational costs. IaaS provides you the ability to spin up servers, networks, and storage on demand and you also are not locked into any contracts as well. This means that you are able to have access to reliable, redundant, and secure infrastructure with out all the hassles of large upfront investments. Who want to purchase a bunch of servers that are under used and deal with the long term depreciation of that equipment. IaaS Cloud allows you to get the servers you need in real time and when those servers are no longer needed (Demo, staging, and development environments) you can delete them or turn them off which stops the charges for those resources..Cloud also allows you to have the unlimited capacity for spinning up additional servers...(Batch processing, load testing, and or other production projects).

    Enterprise Cloud is all resources based pricing....so pay for what you use....

    Cloud can be used for internal IT projects, web sites, development for applications or code, production applications, DR, staging...essentially if it can run on servers today it can run on the cloud.

    OpSource has been offering Enterprise cloud for a long time and also offer trials to test the waters. To sign up: http://www.opsource.net/Services/Cloud-Hosting/Sign-Up-Now

    We can offer a $200.00 promotion in which you can test drive the cloud. Use

    JBRC01

    If you have any questions about the cost savings related to cloud computing feel free to reach out directly. jbraun@opsource.net

  4. James Bruce
    January 21, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    Vague question, but to give a vague answer - cloud computing means tasking more of your processing over to the internet. If you use gmail - thats cloud computing.

    The upcoming google OS will be solely cloud based - running on very low powered hardware, always connected to the internet, using the power of various google services to perform common tasks.

    Perhaps an easier to understand concept of cloud computing is Amazons virtual EC2 computing. By paying a monthly fee, you can use a virtual computer on amazons servers, and do what you like with it. You could login in a with a slow old computer you have, yet on the other end you might have a virtual quad core beast.

    Another example is the new OnLive gaming service, which is essentially the same thing as amazon, but for games. Using a low powered cable box, you play games on a remote computer, but the graphics and controls are handled locally by your TV and a cheap control pad. You use the processing power of the remote system to handle processing of graphics and gameplay.

    Following so far?

    Essentially, the whole computing industry is undergoing a massive cycle. In the first days of computing, companies would purchases massive central systems and run underpowered "dumb terminals" connected to them. Then we moved into putting that high power into home PCs of ever increasing capacity and ability. And now we're heading the opposite way again, with netbooks, tablets, and cloud operating systems that require less local power, and operate over the internet.

    Don't go out of your way to seek cloud computing though, it will come naturally when it reaches maturity. Personally, I will never give up the power of my gaming pc.

  5. Mike
    January 21, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    This is like asking a physicist "What is Physics". There's an one line answer, yet you wouldn't know more than before.

    Also we could give you hundrets of examples and links to free cloud services and none of them would help you to benefit from cloud computing.

    You are best of reading about Cloud computing on Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cloud_computing) and then think about what YOU could or want to use it for.

    When you figured that out we sure can help you to find something for your needs.