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What is it? What should I know about it?

In the simplest terms, Cloud Computing means storing and accessing data and programs over the Internet instead of your computer's hard drive. The cloud is just a metaphor for the Internet.

- PC Magazine, 5/3/2016, "What is Cloud Computing?"  [Full Article]

                                                                                                                           

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Learn More about Cloud Computing

Computer Weekly:  "A History of Cloud Computing"

 

Forbes: "Software Revolution, Part 2, The Shift to Cloud Computing"

 
CNET:  "One Drive, Dropbox, Google Drive, and Box -- Which Cloud Storage Service is Right for You?"
 
Investopedia:  Cloud Computing Definition
 
Apprenda.com:  "What is a Cloud Application to You?"
 
Apprenda.com:  "Introduction to Cloud Computing"
 

Anyone Can Use...Series

The Westport Library offers once-a-week classes on Fridays, 11-12 pm, that include classes on Google Drive, Microsoft Word and Excel.  Check the schedule and sign up for a class! 

Also, check out these Westport Library Guides to learn more about:

Google Drive Resources

Excel Resources

Westport Library Digital Collections

And more!

Also, consider bringing a tech issue with you to the library.  Visit Westport Library Tech Help in the Great Hall on Tuesdays, 4 - 6 pm and Fridays, 3 - 5 pm.

Discover Cloud Computing Services

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Cloud Computing -- Pros and Cons

Pros:

Many Service Types!

Email, Document and File hosting -- including Photos and Videos, Web conferencing, Database hosting

Access Anywhere, Anytime!

Free yourself from depending on a particular device or setting for accessing your 'stuff.'

No Software 'Ownership'!

Many cloud services are free or charged on a monthly basis; no more trips to the store for the latest version.

Cons:

Downtime...

Your connection to the Internet is always a factor.  As is cloud reliability.

Security...

Cloud Computing is Internet computing.  Don't use or store data that you are uncomfortable having on the Internet

Cost...

There is the potential for monthly fees that can add up!

Platform Lock-In...

Proprietary software often 'doesn't play nice.'  Consider which platforms you use the most and align with their cloud offerings.