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Cloud Computing

Cloud computing is the on-demand delivery of computing services such as servers, storage, databases, networking, software, and analytics. Rather than keeping files on a proprietary hard drive or local storage device, cloud-based storage makes it possible to save remotely. Cloud computing is a popular option for people and businesses, allowing for cost savings, increased productivity, speed and efficiency, performance, and security. Continue reading from Investopedia

Discover Cloud Computing Services:

Adobe Creative Cloud - A set of applications and services from Adobe that gives subscribers access to a collection of software used for graphic design, video editing, web development, photography, along with a set of mobile applications and also some optional cloud services.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) -  A cloud computing platform for businesses and individuals that offers over 200 services including compute, storage, databases, analytics, networking, mobile, developer tools, management tools, IoT, security, and enterprise applications. 

Box - A cloud-based content management system with collaboration, security, analytics and other features related to files and information. It develops and markets cloud-based content management, collaboration, and file sharing tools for businesses.

Dropbox - Available on the web and as an app for Mac, PC and mobile devices, Dropbox is a cloud storage service thtat allows users to store, sync and share files online and scross devices.

Google Drive - A cloud-based storage service that allows users to store, share and collaborate on files and folders. Users can access their files from any device, including computers, tablets, and mobile devices. 

iCloud - A service from Apple that securely stores your photos, files, notes, passwords, and other data in the cloud and keeps it up to date across all your devices, automatically. 

OneDrive - For personal, business or school use, OneDrive is a cloud storage service from Microsft that allows users to tore, share and access files from any device with an internet connection.

Salesforce - A cloud-based software company that provides customer relationship management software and applications focused on sales, customer service, marketing automation, e-commerce, analytics, and application development.

Skype - A telecommunications application that allows users to make free voice and video calls, send instant messages and share files with others.

Read Books to Learn More about Cloud Computing

lionk to Cloud Computing in the catalog
Link to Cloud Computing Basics by Anders Lisdorf in the Catalog
Link to Practical Cloud Security by Chris Dotson in the Catalog
Link to Executive's Guide To Cloud Computing by Eric A. Marks & Bob Lozano in Hoopla
Link to The Cloud Adoption Playbook by Moe Abdula in the Catalog
Link to Beginning Serverless Computing by Maddie Stigler in the Catalog
Link to Cloud Native Transformation by Pini Reznik in the Catalog
Link to Cloud Security for Dummies by Ted Coombs

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Cloud Computing -- Pros and Cons


  • Email, Document and File hosting -- including Photos and Videos, Web conferencing, Database hosting.
  • Free yourself from depending on a particular device for accessing your stuff.
  • Many cloud services are free or charged on a monthly basis.


  • 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. Continue reading from ZDNet