What is the “Cloud”?  – Greg Masanz (Masanz Technical Consulting)

The latest buzz word on the Internet is the “Cloud”, but what exactly is it?  Rest assured it has nothing to do with the weather.

We can all relate to the feeling of leaving an important item at home before a big event and wondering, if only there was a way to access it?  The “Cloud” provides us just that, the ability to access our information anywhere the Internet is available.  It might even be easier to think of the “Cloud” as the Internet.

Everything from our computer, phone, tablet, and some cars have the ability to reach the Internet.  By using a “Cloud” service provider, we can store and access our data on any one of these devices.  Carrying around a flash drive with files is quickly becoming a thing of the past.  Many people use it store documents, photos, and videos… but anything is game.  Most Cloud service providers offer free storage up to a certain limit.

A few of the popular choices include:  DropBox, SkyDrive, Google Drive, and iCloud (just to name a few).

The “Cloud” is not just limited to storage though.  Many use it for applications such as GMAIL, Quickbooks, Evernote and the list goes on and on.

Like with all technology there are some things to be aware of.  Just keep in mind that if a “Cloud” server ever got hacked your information could be available to anyone.

Advantages:  Increased collaboration, cost savings, and reliability.
Disadvantages: Privacy, dependency on provider, and security risks.

While “Cloud” storage may not fit all your needs, it’s definitely worth a try.  Use it to share recent family photos or a video captured on your smart phone.  When used properly, the Cloud can greatly increase your productivity.

For more technology advice and service, contact Masanz Technical Consulting, LLC.

What is the Cloud?

What is the Cloud?