Thursday, January 19, 2012
This Storing Everything On The Cloud Is Getting Dangerous...
Storing so much data on the cloud may be getting a bit dangerous. For example, while one may buy an IPAD app, the application just provides a means to access the program which is located on the internet cloud. Most do not realize the limitation of their purchase until they try to use the program when they are out of WiFi range.
The cloud allows the sale of a service as opposed to an actual product. Consequently, there are shared resources, software, and information that is provided to multiple personal users. Cloud computing generally refers to technologies that provide computation, software, data access, and storage services with the end-user not having possession or knowledge of the physical location and configuration of the system that delivers the services. The concept can best be thought of as purchasing a link to another computer which houses the program that you wish to use.
The advantage of cloud computing is that one can access and use a program without taking up valuable hard drive space. In addition, in theory the program being used is screened for viruses before one gains access to the program. The down side is when you are not connected to the internet, you suddenly discover that your smart phone is not quite as bright as you thought.
So just where is the cloud? Well, Virginia, Santa Clara County in the San Francisco Bay Area of California is the most likely bet. Situated in Silicon Valley, the cloud can live among all of the high technology computers. (Shockley Semiconductor Lab was the first to develop silicon semiconductor devices which gave birth to the term " Silicon Valley." Today, large technology companies such as Google, Symantec and Intuit all reside in the area. So next time your child points up to the clouds, correct him and point to the west coast.