What are the advantages to cloud computing for the average internet user?
Would you be able to load things faster?
- 8 years agoFavorite Answer
Lower computer costs. You don't need a high-powered and high-priced computer to run cloud computing's web-based applications. Since applications run in the cloud, not on the desktop PC, your desktop PC doesn't need the processing power or hard disk space demanded by traditional desktop software. When you're using web-based applications, your PC can be less expensive, with a smaller hard disk, less memory, more efficient processor, and the like. In fact, your PC in this scenario doesn't even need a CD or DVD drive, as no software programs have to be loaded and no document files need to be saved.
Improved performance. With fewer bloated programs hogging your computer's memory, you'll see better performance from your PC. Put simply, computers in a cloud computing system boot and run faster because they have fewer programs and processes loaded into memory.
Reduced software costs. Instead of purchasing expensive software applications, you can get most of what you need for free. That's right—most cloud computing applications today, such as the Google Docs suite, are totally free. That's a lot better than paying $200+ for similar Microsoft Office software—which alone may be justification for switching to cloud applications.
Instant software updates. Another software-related advantage to cloud computing is that you're no longer faced with choosing between obsolete software and high upgrade costs. When the app is web-based, updates happen automatically and are available the next time you log into the cloud. When you access a web-based application, you get the latest version—without needing to pay for or download an upgrade.
Improved document format compatibility. You don't have to worry about the documents you create on your machine being compatible with other users' applications or operating systems. In a world where Word 2007 documents can't be opened on a computer running Word 2003, all documents created by web-based applications can be read by any other user accessing that application. There are no format incompatibilities when everyone is sharing docs and apps in the cloud.
Unlimited storage capacity. Cloud computing offers virtually limitless storage. Your computer's current 200 gigabyte hard drive is peanuts compared to the hundreds of petabytes (a million gigabytes) available in the cloud. Whatever you need to store, you can.
Increased data reliability. Unlike desktop computing, in which a hard disk crash can destroy all your valuable data, a computer crashing in the cloud shouldn't affect the storage of your data. That also means that if your personal computer crashes, all your data is still out there in the cloud, still accessible. In a world where few individual desktop PC users back up their data on a regular basis, cloud computing is the ultimate in data-safe computing.
Universal document access. Ever get home from work and realize that you left an important document at the office? Or forget to take a file with you on the road? That's not a problem with cloud computing, because you don't take your documents with you. Instead, they stay in the cloud, and you can access them whenever you have a computer and an Internet connection. All your documents are instantly available from wherever you are; there's simply no need to take your documents with you.
Latest version availability. Another document-related advantage of cloud computing: When you edit a document at home, that edited version is what you see when you access the document at work. The cloud always hosts the latest version of your documents; as long as you're connected, you're never in danger of having an outdated version.
Easier group collaboration. Sharing documents leads directly to collaborating on documents. To many users, this is one of the most important advantages of cloud computing—multiple users can collaborate easily on documents and projects. Because the documents are hosted in the cloud, not on individual computers, all you need is a computer with an Internet connection, and you're collaborating.
Device independence. Finally, here's the ultimate cloud computing advantage: You're no longer tethered to a single computer or network. Change computers, and your existing applications and documents follow you through the cloud. Move to a portable device, and your apps and docs are still available. There's no need to buy a special version of a program for a particular device, or to save your document in a device-specific format. Your docs and their apps are the same no matter what computer or other device you're using.Source(s): From Michael Miller writer on technology and digital lifestyle topics
- 6 years ago
1. It's cheap - look on it as owning an apartment vs. renting an apartment. When you own it, you pay a big big price once and then you pay for everything that get's broken - you try to repair it by yourself, most of the times you can't, sometimes something big gets broken and you have to pay a nice sum to replace it - you know how things are. While when you rent the place, the landlord takes care for all the malfunctions and the maintenance, while you pay him a monthly fee. The cloud is like renting...
2. Pay for what you use - in a world where even the smallest software has, like, one gazillion (is this a number?) features and options, you will sometimes get in a position where you will pay for something that you don't need on 100%. This can't happen in cloud computing, because you can choose the options you need and pay only for them. This is extremely helpful when you are starting out small - you can pay for some features and when your business grows up - you can add some more;
3. Access - all you actually need to use cloud applications is a device that can access the web. If you have one - you can access the cloud from everywhere. Everywhere with internet. And also anytime. So your staff can now work wherever they are. Good news for you. And for them, right? Right?;
4. Security - your information is safe with cloud computing. It's stored in a different place and if you experience natural disasters or anything that might put your servers in danger, the info will be safe.
5. It's easy - you can put anything in the cloud - billing, invoicing, management applications. You can put the administrative tools in the cloud and actually concentrate on what is important for the company. Let someone else takes care for the small stuff.