It’S Cloudy On The Computer Horizon

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The forecast for the future of computing is in ... and it says that there are “clouds” on the horizon. This is not a gloomy forecast, however, the cloudy weather will bring much-needed relief to the software-stressed world of PCs.

Cloud computing is beginning to offer computer users real benefits through business and personal applications.

You may not know the term “cloud computing,” but most likely, you have already used its services.

Cloud computing is basically a new way of delivering hosted services via the Internet. The name “cloud computing” is derived from the cloud-like representation of multiple computers around the world being connected together. These services often take the place of traditional software loaded onto your PC.

The services are hosted on a secure main server, thus allowing users to access applications remotely and avoid installing software on their own computers. The only software needed for cloud computing is a Web browser.

The Internet is everywhere ... thanks to a vast network of Wi-Fi hotspots, a nationwide 3G network, and plenty of those “can you hear me now” commercials.

Cloud computing, as a result, has grown significantly in recent years.

There are many cloud computing applications that you probably already use. Some notable applications include Gmail (or any other Web-based e-mail platform), Amazon.com, Quickbooks Online, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Flickr.com, Hulu.com, Blogspot, Google Docs, OpenOffice, PayPal, your online bank statements, and more. These services allow you to access your information from any computer in the world with an Internet connection.

Whatever tool or resource you need, you can almost be guaranteed that “there is an app for that.” Developers have worked tirelessly to offer new applications that satisfy the most specific of needs. These applications are available wherever you are — whether you have your computer with you or not. They are available to you on vacation, at a friend’s house, or at the library. Your programs and information has never been more easily managed.

So what does this mean for you? To access these tools you must have a computer that is free of bugs, ready to cruise the Internet, and capable of connecting to your information when you need it most. If your computer is running slow or your Internet connection is compromised by lackluster security measures, you will not enjoy the full benefits of cloud computing. Take the opportunity to update your hardware and security measures now.

As always, Computer Problem Specialists is available to help you update or manage your system. Call us at (928)468-0000 for a free computer evaluation.

The cloud computing revolution means that you will have unprecedented access to entertainment, business applications, and communications features. Embrace the cloud. Let it rain. You will find a whole new world out there ... and it will follow you wherever you go.

Daniel Taft is the senior network administrator and member/owner of Computer Problem Specialists, LLC with a degree in applied computer science. His career spans more than 20 years.

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