Monday, April 1, 2013

Cloud Computing: The Next Generation

Computing relies on sharing computing resources rather than having local servers or personal devices. In the term cloud computing, “cloud” relates to “the internet” so cloud computing is a type of internet-based computing.  Apple’s iCloud is the most popular cloud computing service. iCloud was launched on October 12,2011 and by January 2013, iCloud had more than 250 million users.  iCloud allows users to backup and restore, login from other devices such as computers, save their emails, contacts and calendar dates, find their iPhone, store music and pictures, etc. By having all of these features, Apple has beaten out the other cloud computing companies.  iCloud automatically downloads your files to all of your devices so they stay up-to-date.  iCloud works with iPhones, iPads, Macs, and Windows PCs.  The first 5 GB of storage is free! If you want, you can buy additional space for a yearly fee ($20 for 10 GB). 

According to Strategy Analytics, almost 2,300 devices are connected to cloud computing, with Apple’s iCloud services accounting for 27% of them.  Dropbox is 17%, Amazon Cloud Drive is 15%, and Google Drive is a 10% of those connected device.  Cloud computing is “heaviest” with younger people, ages between 20 and 24 years old, and Apple iCloud attracts more females than males.  This is due to Apples lead in music storage, which is the leading cloud use case.

One of the best features in iCloud is “iTunes in the Cloud”.   Once you purchase music on any device, it automatically syncs with the rest of your devices. The music will also be stored so you can download it again if necessary.  It is possible to download purchased Tv shows and movies to your device.

The backing up and restoring feature lets a user back up photos and videos in their camera roll, device settings, apps, messages, etc.  All of this is backed up and saved into the service, and if a user needs to restore their information back into their device, it is all there.

 “Documents in the Cloud” is a great way to keep all of your documents with Pages, Keynote, or Numbers updated on all of your other devices.

Find My Device
Find my Device is another great feature to iCloud.  Find my device helps a user find their iphone or ipad if it goes missing. You go to to see where your phone or iPad is located, and then you can play
a sound or send a message to your phone incase someone else has it (as shown in the picture).

Photo stream automatically saves your most recent photos taken with your iPhone or iPad and “pushes” them to all of your other devices.

Now that you know more about cloud computing and its features, here are a couple of questions I would like you to answer:
1.     Do you use cloud computing? If so, which service? If not, why?
2.     What do you think about cloud computing? Do you think that it will become more popular in the future?