Cloud computing

Cloud computingCloud computing is a term used to describe services provided over a network by a collection of remote servers. This abstract "cloud" of computers provides massive, distributed storage and processing power, which can be accessed by any Internet-connected device running a web browser.

Because the term cloud computing is a broad term, it is likely if you have spent any time on the Internet or use devices connected to the Internet that you have used some cloud computing. Below are some common examples of cloud computing you have likely heard of or used.

Examples of cloud services

  • Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Amazon EC2 - provides a variety of different cloud computing services
  • Dashlane - Online password service to synchronize and manage passwords between all devices.
  • Google App Engine - A service that provides users the ability to create scalable web services that use Google's resources.
  • Google Calendar - A way to organize your schedule, synchronize, and share events with your friends.
  • Google Docs - A fantastic free solution from Google that allows you to open Microsoft Office documents as well as share them with other users with Internet access.
  • Online backup - There are dozens of online backup services to store your important information offsite in the cloud. For example, Mozy and Dropbox are two good examples of cloud storage and online storage backup solutions that store information in the cloud.
  • Windows Azure - A cloud computing solution by Microsoft that allows companies to develop and run services from their cloud.
  • Websites - Many popular social networking sites such as Facebook, Picasa, and YouTube are also often considered parts of cloud computing.

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Also see: AWS, Big data, Dropbox, Hybrid cloud, iCloud, Internet terms, Network terms, Office 365, OpenStack, P2P, Personal cloud, SaaS, SkyDrive, Storage device, Supercomputer, Web 2.0