Still Confused About Cloud Computing

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Apparently most of us are still confused by this thing called “Cloud Computing”.  As revealed by survey and infographic below, most Americans do not really understand what cloud computing is, even though 95% of us use it everyday.  Some people, a whopping 51%, believed that the weather could affect cloud computing, but it just isn’t so.

So, we’ve rounded up some resources and links to help clear the air.

First, the infographic of misconceptions.  Take a read and we’ll meet you at the bottom.

Infographic Source: Daily Infographic

So what IS cloud computing?  According to the experts at PCMag.com, “In essence, personal cloud computing means having every piece of data you need for every aspect of your life at your fingertips and ready for use. Data must be mobile, transferable, and instantly accessible.”  Most of us use cloud-based communication everyday and don’t realize there are other ways it can make our lives easier.

This handy infographic sums up some of the ways you may already be using the cloud.  At the bottom, we have added some additional resources to help get started.

Infographic source: GCF Learn Free

There are plenty of cloud-based services out there and many that are helpful for the entire family, from group calendars to homework that can’t be lost because it is stored in the cloud.

Regular Kiwi Commons readers may recall the article, “Getting The Most Out of Cloud Computing For Your Family” from June 2012, which has some great suggestions.

For services to try, here are some of the best.

File synchronization

File sync services are popping up all over the place.  These services upload documents, images or the files you specify to servers (the cloud), so your most up-to-date file is available from any device.  PCMag.com rates SugarSync as their top service, with Dropbox coming in at a close second.  Both companies offer free file storage, with additional services at a monthly rate.

Remember, file synchronization is not the same as an out-of-home backup.  A backup makes a copy of specified files, and then later makes another time-stamped copy, and another, and another – backing up your files.  When a synced file is accessed and altered, copies of the file in each location are updated.

Personal Organization

The key word in personal organization, is “personal”; every person organizes their life a little differently.  The tools we use are just as specific in our liking, so there are a variety of software who each lay out the tools differently.  Some software includes notepads, calendars, contact lists, web link storage and more.  Dailytekk.com has an excellent list of the top 100 cloud-based software for personal organization.  Tabtimes.com has a similar list, though smaller, of software for iPad.

If you’re looking for a quick hit, Evernote (free) and Bento (Mac only, $9.99 for iPad) are two of the most popular organization software out there.

So remember, venturing into the cloud won’t get you wet, and you aren’t daydreaming, but rather, taking your important data with you everywhere you go.

 

Image source:  Global Learning Group