By now, most of us have heard the term “cloud computing”, but what does this really mean? It is where instead of buying multiple copies of software, etc. for use in business, one application can be downloaded and shared across many computers within the firm. This is much easier than what has previously been done.
There is now less responsibility in running applications. This workload that before was all loaded onto the local computer, is now divided between the network of computers involved in cloud computing. This means that the user has less to do when it comes to hardware and software demands.
A familiar example of this would be when we sign into our hotmail/gmail accounts. We never have to download the application to access emails onto the computer. Instead, we simply access the web and go from there.
There are 2 sections included in cloud computing: the back end and the front end. The back end refers to the cloud section and the front end is the user. These are connected through the internet. Already we can see some major developments in I.S throughout the years, and this is only the beginning of the cloud computing era. By 2016, many more companies are expected to be using cloud computing. This will transform businesses even further than where they are today. Hardware, software and databases will be changed into forms of technology with endless possibilities.
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