From big business executives to stay-at-home bloggers, cloud computing is skyrocketing in popularity around the world for its convenience and ease of use. But while many people have heard of “the cloud”, they are not entirely sure what it is or how it benefits them. Bloggers, in particular, can benefit greatly from cloud computing and cloud storage. Why is cloud computing is so beneficial to bloggers. and how can they go about using cloud storage to improve their own work? Read on.
What Is Cloud Computing?
Cloud computing is the use of one Internet-based network or server that stores and processes different types of data and programs. Users can instantly access this information by logging into an online host via a software or app. The term “cloud” is simply a reference to Internet storage. Instead of downloading a variety of data and software onto an internal or external hard drive, all of this information is stored on a hard drive within a data center housed by another company.
Many people already use cloud programs without even realizing it. For example, Google Drive is one free cloud-based program used daily by Gmail users. Dropbox is used by many for file sharing and storage. PC Mag’s article on cloud computing can be found here, and it provides valuable information for people who are new to “the cloud”.
The Benefits of Cloud Computing for Bloggers
According to this Mashable.com article on cloud hosting for beginners, many businesses’ primary reason for implementing cloud computing is cost effectiveness. This is true for bloggers, too. Instead of investing in hardware equipment, cloud storage can be used just as effectively. The amount of storage available for bloggers is virtually limitless. Bloggers can easily share data across cloud storage, too. A simple hyperlinklink can give multiple bloggers access to the same content, data and programs. This makes remote work a breeze for all parties involved in content creation and publication.
How Can I Use Cloud Computing?
There are many cloud computing services that are free to use, and many free services provide as much as 2 to 5 GB of free storage. Additional storage can be purchased for competitive rates that depend on the service provider. Programs like Dropbox and Google Drive are free to use and easy to sign up with. Dropbox uses a simple “drag and drop” method of transferring data from your desktop to the cloud host. Google Drive comes with all Gmail accounts, so many bloggers have instant access to this program. Comparing different programs to see what they offer is typically the best way to find the right program.
More Information and Resources
For more information on cloud computing, see this Webinar, which covers how to automate and adapt in the cloud era regarding process-driven application integration. It’s a great starting point for those looking to move to — and realize — the power and benefits of the cloud.