Most people don’t even realize that they’re trend setters. With the increase in online or website based programs, more and more people are turning to “cloud computing.” This term refers to a process where all the computational heavy lifting is not performed on a user’s computer but rather an external computer.
The most common example of cloud computing is probably “Google Docs,” which is Google’s online suite of office productivity software. It includes programs for spreadsheets, presentations, and of course document editing. It can open and save in its own format, OpenOffice format, and Microsoft Office formats. Even Adobe released a free online version of Photoshop.
Cloud computing is basically the process of outsourcing your math. There are a lot of situations where this makes a lot of sense:
- Money. Lower computing requirements mean you don’t need as powerful a computer, saving you money.
- Money. Lower computing requirements also mean you won’t need to purchase an upgrade or new computer as often, saving you money.
- Time. Nothing to install, upgrade, or troubleshoot.
- Money. Web server updates mean you don’t have to purchase software upgrades, saving you money.
- Scaling. Need another copy of a program? Just fire up a new computer and launch a new web browser.
- Fewer Resources. When the program never actually runs on your computer, it uses no memory. When your computer isn’t working hard running a program, it uses less power.
- More Resources. When the program is never installed on your computer, it uses no hard drive space. On the flip side, many cloud computing programs allow you to save your work or files online – giving you more hard drive space than what’s on your computer.
So, how does all this technobabble about cloud computing apply to you? Well, every time you use this website’s online web-based permanent disability calculators and EAMS search functions you’re letting my web server do the number crunching for you.
You’re, quite literally, letting me help you save resources, time, and money.
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