Cloud computing is where most of the ‘processing’ is done on the server side – you don’t have to keep any software updated, download anything, or pay all of your money up front to use the software – you pay only for what you use, or, in most cases, don’t pay anything at all.
1. Pay as you go or FREE.
In most cases, cloud computing is FREE. In some cases, the price is a small fee every month. For instance, Less Accounting is a program that keeps track of my financial life – for $24/month.
2. Automatic updates.
In cloud computing, you don’t have to ‘update’ your software – the update is done on the server side, and you just keep on truckin’.
3. Your computer doesn’t bloat.
Since you don’t have to download anything to run the program, you can keep your computer light and clean. For me, this is very important – I can try a piece of software without downloading, realizing I don’t want it, then having to uninstall everything.
4. Access your information from any computer.
Hey, even I don’t have my computer on me everywhere. This is where cloud computing comes in handy. I just find a computer that has internet access, and viola! I’m on.
A perfect example: This blog that I write is built with cloud computing – I downloaded no software, and access WordPress through a simple username and password. Bam! I’m working, wherever I am. No prep, no interruptions. Just a simple login.
5. Better software.
Since cloud computing also allows programmers to see common problems that every user is having, then they can program future updates with more impact and efficiency. That means better software, faster.
Why don’t you try out cloud computing?
Here are some great cloud applications that you can try for free. You’re probably using cloud computing already and don’t even know it.
So expand your cloud and stop downloading all that bloated software!
- Google Apps
- Google Insights for Search
- Less Accounting
- Cloud Analytics