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]
Computer Weekly: "A History of Cloud Computing"
Forbes: "Software Revolution, Part 2, The Shift to Cloud Computing"
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:
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.
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.
Your connection to the Internet is always a factor. As is cloud reliability.
Cloud Computing is Internet computing. Don't use or store data that you are uncomfortable having on the Internet
There is the potential for monthly fees that can add up!
Proprietary software often 'doesn't play nice.' Consider which platforms you use the most and align with their cloud offerings.