What does cloud computing mean to real people?
Ever wonder what all this buzz is about “cloud computing”? What could it mean to us as consumers and non-techie users? Most importantly, how can we take advantage of it?
“Clouding” is a liberating concept – one that is truly changing the way we do things with the technological tools we use today, such as our computers, laptops, smartphones, video cameras, and the like.
In general, “clouding” is a phrase that means that you don’t have to worry about where and how your data is stored. All you know is that whenever you need it – no matter where you are and what device you use – you have your data at your fingertips, leaving you worry-free and liberating your mind.
Cloud computing, a phrase heard almost everywhere these days, is not just another techie expression used exclusively by IT professionals; it’s something you are already doing with your technological gadgets, even if you haven’t realized it. That’s the beauty of cloud computing – it’s completely effortless!
When you upload your smartphone pictures to Facebook or flickr, or when you save your documents in GoogleDocs, you don’t worry who takes care of the files, which devices you need to access them, or where you can pull them up again. All you care about is that your stuff is there for you whenever you need it, no matter where you are, and no matter what device you use.
Clouding liberates us because our data is no longer attached to the devices we use. Instead, it’s somewhere in the cloud, and you don’t have to care precisely where it is as long as you know you added it using Facebook, Google, etc. Access to what you need, when you need it – that’s the real charm of clouding!
With clouding our data, we are steadily marching toward an era where “access” to what we need at the precise moment we need it is becoming the norm. What makes the cloud possible is the power of connectivity, which comes from three major resources: the internet, mobile devices, and innovative software tools. A few years from now, you will be wondering how we ever lived in a world without enough connections to give us access to what we need exactly when we need it. We are quickly moving back to the connection, communication, and collaboration phase all over again, much like when we as humans started to develop our first languages to communicate with each other. Cloud technology gives us new, more convenient ways to interact and to use our resources.
The clouding concept is even more exciting when you involve physical, tangible items. Everything we own and that everyone else owns is disconnected from us – the cloud generation – so, why aren’t we taking full advantage of the items and technology around us?
Now that we know how clouding can be a good thing for our data, why not cloud our possessions too? That way, we can have access to everything we need in the cloud no matter who the original owner is.
Let me explain in more detail how this works. You own a house full of home goods, tools, gadgets, clothing, books, and DVDs, plus maybe a truck and a vacation home. Do you use all of these things all of the time? The answer is “no” for sure. Would you mind preparing a list of these items to be shared with some of the people who you are already connected to in real life, such as friends, coworkers, family, and neighbors while knowing that they are doing the same thing with their own underused items?
This library of items can grow so big that you can have access to hundreds things that you didn’t have access to before. When your friends have listed their gently used items for sale or rent, you can purchase them with a fraction of the money that you would spend if bought them new from the store. Items labeled to borrow or keep allow you to take advantage of free deals available in your social network. This is how clouding gets physical and is no longer limited to data. Now you know that you have access to all of these items whenever you need them, making your life even more worry-free!
Use Clouditems to create this “cloud of items,” and tell the world you are clouding by inviting the many people in your real life into the cloud. You never know what cool stuff you’ll find!
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