When it comes to cloud computing, you will hear a lot of companies which are developing products and services associated with it. Now what exactly is cloud computing? Is it something new and revolutionary, or is it merely a new name for a concept that has always existed before? Basically, cloud computing is a form of remote desktop software where a user is running applications and storing data on a remote server, rather than their local machine. As for whether this is a completely new concept, many experts in the IT industry, according to a report from IT World Developments, believe that it is simply an existing concept that has evolved and become more popular over time.
Think of accessing web based email. Your email is stored on a remote server. The application which gives you web based email is also running on the remote server. Thus, this is a form of cloud computing. But now, thanks to the widespread popularity of broadband internet, this form of PC remote access is expanding to other areas.
Web based applications are now getting a lot more advanced, thanks to the use of HTML5 and Flash technology. You can now find graphics programs, database management tools, word processors, spreadsheets, scientific calculators, etc. which are designed to run in your browser and are completely independent of your own platform. This means that whether your PC is running Linux, Windows, MacOS, or even if you decided to write your own operating system, there would be no compatibility issues at all, as the apps simply run in your browser.
Many people are now using remote control software which lets them connect to a remote server as a user, and then see the desktop of that server and do some work or perform administrative tasks, such as managing a network. While this is popular in business, the same technology is gaining ground for individual users as well.
It is believed that the iPhone 5 will take advantage of many cloud based applications, which will run on the Apple server, rather than be executed on the user’s phone itself. The ChromeBook, a type of netbook which runs on Google’s ChromeOS, has many applications that are hosted on the cloud. This means that they do not run on the computer itself, but rather on Google’s servers. Obviously, this frees up processing power, RAM, as well as hard drive space, as the netbook in that case becomes little more than a “thin client”, simply displaying what is happening on the server. All of the “computing” is being done on a remote computer and not the local one. While it is doubtful that we will be running every single piece of software on the cloud in the next few years, we can expect to see many more application being ported over to cloud servers during the decade.