Cloud Servers

serversWhy? Let’s think about how an efficient 90’s server would manage a day’s worth of work. Local files would be transcribed to everybody’s computer and at the end of the day, the files would be transcribed back to the server. Seem okay right?

But what if you have to work simultaneously on a project? What if you need the latest copy now? That is where cloud servers come in handy. While in the old model of server computer interactions, the local computer would be the workhorse, do the computing, and hold the data. However, with the increase in bandwidth capabilities, as well as the access to mobile data, cloud computing has become more viable for personal and business use.

How is Cloud Computing Different?

Instead of modifying files on a local machine to add or replace on the server later, cloud servers allow direct access to the files on the server by multiple platforms and users.

An example of this is taking a Windows Office document and putting it on a phone. No problem right? If it seemed effortless to you, you probably already use a cloud server like Evernote or DropBox. By having both devices drawing from the same server, a simple sync is all that is required to transfer a document.

This can also be used for collaboration as well by letting people modify server files simultaneous. Many of these programs involve “checking-out” a server file for one person or a group of people to work on without there being competing information or information overwritten.

Different Applications, Same Concept:

While in its most basic form, cloud computing is just a fancy filing system, but it has been adapted to not only revolutionize the workplace and personal filing system, but also the entire internet.

Popular applications like Netflix and Hulu now work on a cloud concept, allowing users to simultaneously access files on a server or “stream” data to computers, mobile devices, game consoles, and smart tvs.

Another element of the cloud is creating what is called a “Web 2.0” response. By allowing a two way interaction with the server by not only the people running the site, but its visitors as well, the website becomes a collaborative and shared experience between producer and consumer.

This allows for direct feedback, both in the form of comments, and user data as well. What do you like about a product? Take a poll! Some websites like Squidoo take this two way concept to heart and become an excellent forum for companies, marketers, and individuals who just want to get their word out there.

The more bandwidth and data becomes available, the more of the services that you already use will become available via a cloud application.

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