The concept of cloud computing is widely regarded as the next big thing in IT services and a game-changer in terms of how and where businesses will exist in the future. However, while the idea of the cloud might sound purely for the realm of global corporations, most of us already make daily use of cloud services without even realizing it.
The basics of cloud-based platforms
The term cloud computing refers to any computing service that is handled remotely and typically delivered over the internet to separate devices – everything from small handhelds like mobiles or wearables to larger machines like laptops or desktops. These services can encompass anything from storage to processing or running applications – but the crucial point is, the grunt and processing work is server-based and performed remotely.
Cloud computing companies and platforms invest considerable time and money in hardware and staff with relevant qualifications (such as Azure certification training) to run these systems and deliver their services to you remotely – removing the need for any technical expertise on your behalf and also considerably reducing the power and processing drain on your device.
Popular platforms you might not know are cloud-based
These days almost all of us have a smartphone that we rely on for our day-to-day work and social activities. However, while the power of these devices far surpasses the capacity of the computers that took man to the moon, without connectivity and apps, they would be little more than personal organizers. Without question, apps have been the primary driving force behind the widespread adoption of the smartphone – everything from popular social platforms to media players and games.
Below are some of the most common apps you already use that are powered by the cloud:
Social media: Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, etc are all cloud-based systems that store and process files remotely, then deliver them via the web to your device. The premise behind each is almost identical – to give users a personal space where they can share media, whether that be simple text posts, photos or video.
Email services: Very few of us have the time, money or inclination to run our own email server and instead rely on popular services like Gmail or Outlook. Both of these systems rely almost entirely on cloud tech to deliver their services to individual users and businesses alike. Indeed, while it used to be quite common for firms to run their own mail servers, companies are now increasingly moving their email responsibilities to cloud firms.
Music and movies apps: In recent years, the popularity of streaming media services has skyrocketed – primarily due to the convenience of being able to watch or listen to media without having to store it locally on the user’s device. In each case, apps like Spotify and Netflix make extensive use of cloud tech to deliver files to a massive network of connected devices with different configurations.
Messenger apps: Communication apps like Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp rely on the cloud to process, store and analyze data and deliver it to their users.