Understanding Cloud Computing

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What is Cloud Computing?

Cloud computing broadly describes off-premise, on-demand computing where the end-user is provided applications, computing resources, and services (including operating systems and infrastructure) by clouds services provider via the Internet. The hosting industry came out of the need for software and computing services that were managed internally, but were made more economical and accessible through the economies of scale of a hosted implementation.

Types of Clouds

Envision a world where the majority of computing will move to five different types of clouds over the next five to 10 years. There will be proprietary platform clouds that provide various platform services – provided by Apple, Google , Microsoft and other large IT players such as IBM, HP and Amazon.
Then there are services clouds where we envision thousands of clouds services providers offering a variety of services. Examples are web and application hosting clouds, vertical industry clouds (ex: government clouds, healthcare clouds, etc..), ISV clouds (ex: business intelligence, CRM, etc..), telecommunication services (ex: voicemail, VOIP). Finally, there will be clouds run by enterprise IT that will provide services for internal use and by employees and partners.

Platform Clouds

  • Apple icloud www.icloud.com
  • Google cloud (ie Google Docs / Drive)
  • Amazon, Facebook, Adobe, Microsoft

iCloud offers a lot of functionality for apple devices. Features include:
  • Find my iPhone / iPad / Mac
  • Device Backups
  • Syncing of Calendars / Contacts
  • Syncing of Documents between devices
  • Syncing of Photos & Videos taken on your Mobile Devices to your computer
  • Syncing Notes
  • Email Syncing

Services Clouds

  • Channel clouds of service providers — telcos, web hosters, ISVs, SaaS players
  • In-house clouds of large companies (Fortune 1000)

Storage Clouds

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Storage Clouds offer a way for you to store your documents, files, pictures, videos, and other items across devices. These services are a great way for you to get things to where they need to be... Via the internet magic.

Where are my iCloud files on my Mac?

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