Weather Report: Why the Future is Looking Cloudy
“The Cloud” continues to grow as users unknowingly incorporate it into their everyday lives and are now able to overcome the complexities of sharing data from device to device.
When I say “the cloud continues to grow” I don’t actually mean the physical clouds in the sky are growing. What I’m really referring to is an analogy used to describe where the information is stored after you click send on an email. You can visually see a cloud’s exterior existing above you, however you can’t touch it or see the rain being stored inside of it. We know the information on the internet goes somewhere and is ubiquitous but the process of sharing data from device to device is invisible.
Examples of Cloud based services include:
iCloud: This cloud server is exclusive to Apple users. It provides them with the ability to sync data automatically and wirelessly to multiple devices whenever adjustments are made or files are created.
Dropbox: This server is targeted towards users who would consider themselves “less-techy” when it comes to IT, considering it doesn’t have a Windows phone app or email storage. It provides users with simple file syncing and sharing that’s automatic. Saved content can be accessed through the desktop app or any IT.
Egnyte: Caters towards all types of businesses and allows users to access the cloud benefits through local infrastructures. Users are able to sync files of all sizes from one device onto multiple IT’s automatically.
This technological trend eliminates time and space and it is rapidly becoming a “filing cabinet” for the entire world. It has quickly become more complex than a “simple” tool used to access documents on your laptop from your phone. In my opinion, it is the future of innovative businesses and this is just the start.
As time goes on, we continue to discover new means of communication that allow us to collaborate in ways that were not possible before. Instead of individuals communicating with each other, now multiple networks are doing the talking. Doing the “impossible” is allowing businesses to prosper by bringing people together to share their ideas and produce mass amounts of information on demand to meet service needs.
The Cloud is consumed by users the same way utilities are like water. This is because there are no manual workers needed to produce and maintain this system. In my opinion, this offers more benefits than downsides.
Why Cloudiness is increasing
No room for human error: The Cloud is secure in the sense that it has the ability to create a perfect server. It enables backup requirements, ensuring no loss of information and redundancy (exact copies).
Innovative and creative: The Digital space enables constant productivity as it undergoes updates and modifications in order to meet the growing demands. Users are able to share information and virtually work together through a third-party medium instead of having to switch IT platforms.
Improved collaboration: An enterprises success is defined by how well the information being shared flows across an organization. Cloud computing allows individuals and enterprises to access faster and more efficient data through the use of apps, etc with less effort. As a result, organizations are able to respond quickly to the fluctuating needs of business demand. Furthermore, the Cloud eliminates the need to purchase servers which allows individuals to spend more time prioritizing and focusing on what’s important to them.
However, as the Cloud becomes more engraved into our everyday lives, users have begun to question how secure their privacy really is. Keep in mind, the internet is one big public server, so think before you post, the delete button isn’t real.
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