Something new to the blog is the tab at the top labelled “Cloudware Apps”… I plan to add online “cloud computing” applications; that, in my opinion, are creditable hosts for various online services. A pretty good listing has already been compiled. I encourage you to visit “Cloudware Apps”.
You may have been wondering what is all this talk about cloud computing and cloudware applications. Here is my interpretation.
Cloud computing (or a cloudware application) is a hosted service (or software app) that is provided over the Internet. With the advent of Web 2.0, which is a reference to taking the internet to a higher level (the future), services are being enhanced in such a way that users need minimal expertise in managing and/or controlling the services (or software app). The services (or software app) are hosted on the internet and you take advantage of the hosted services, as a client, through the use of your browser or other application that is installed locally on your PC.
In a nutshell, it is a basically “client / server” based (on-demand) computing environment and the actual implementation of services in the “cloud” are transparent to the user. The software and your data (in many instances) are stored on servers on the internet. It is apparent to me that “cloud computing” is the future due to the number of cloudware apps being developed everyday. Many of the cloudware apps that I have experienced are as good as some of the software installed locally on my PC. For example, the “What’s On My PC…” blog is an example of cloud computing. I access the WordPress.com services (as a client user), use the blogging app that they host, to draft or publish my blog articles. WordPress manages the infrastructure behind all of this. I do not need to be an expert in web page design. Our web based email services are another example of cloud computing.
An advantage of cloud computing is that you can access your cloudware apps and data from anywhere there is internet access or connectivity. A couple disadvantages is that if the cloudware application is critical to meeting an important need and your internet connection is lost, then you have no control; plus your data can be in the hands of others, which could be in business one day and out of business the next. This alone could lead to potential leaks of your identity and loss of personal data. I can see myself and my blogging partners writing blog articles in the future advising people to pick their cloud computing or cloudware apps wisely. If this trend continues, I may have to change the name of the blog from “What’s On My PC…” TO “What’s In My Cloud…”.
If you are a “cloud geek”, recommended reading is the articles reflected below:
4 Things You Need in a Cloud Computing Infrastructure – by DevCentral
Cloud Computing – Is Your Head In The Cloud Yet? – Tech Thoughts