Cloud Computing Examples

By John Wallace
Meta: There are many examples and uses of cloud computing. What are cloud computing examples? Let’s learn about that.

In the booming technology era, cloud computing has become more and more popular. So what is cloud computing and what are cloud computing examples?

Cloud computing

Cloud computing is the use of such services as software development platforms, servers, storage, and software, over the internet, often referred to as the “cloud.”

A cloud service is any service made available to users' demand via the Internet from a cloud computing provider’s servers provided by a company’s own on-premises servers. Users can access technological services in “cloud” without neither having knowledge and experience on the aspects nor concerning about how things are restored in “cloud.”

According to the world’s largest technical professional organization Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), “Could computing is a model in which information is frequently restored in servers and temporarily restored in guest computers, including personal computers, entertaining centers, businesses’ computers, and portable computing equipment.
Cloud computing is a general concept covering other smaller concepts as software services, Web 2.0, and some recently-appeared issues, heated technological issues, especially the application of the Internet to meet the cloud computing demands of customers. For example, Google AppEngine provides users with normal online business apps accessible from a web explorer while software and data are restored in servers.

The term “cloud computing” appeared in 2007 to review the technological infrastructure orientations in the past years, not aiming to indicate a new trend. This term can be easily explained as follows: giant cloud computing sources and services are installed in “cloud” and on the Internet instead of in families’ computers or businesses’ computers.

With available services on the Internet, businesses do not have to buy hundreds of or even thousands of computers and software. What they have to do is to focus on their own business fields, as the technological infrastructure is cared by others. Google, of course, is among the firms which support cloud computing the most as their businesses are based on the virtual server. Most Internet users have accessed popular cloud computing services like e-mail, and digital photo album and maps.

Cloud computing’s benefits

  • - Use dynamic computing resources: For businesses, instead of having to consider whether they should expand the resource restoration or not or how many servers they need, businesses just need to say “Hey, cloud, we need an additional resources equivalent to 1CPU 3.0, GHZ, 128 BG RAM…” and cloud will actively find the free cloud computing resources for businesses.
  • - Cut costs: Businesses may cut costs of purchasing, installing, and maintaining resources. Instead of having to buy servers, businesses just need to determine exactly the resources and ask cloud computing to supply.
  • - Streamline businesses’ structure: It is costly for businesses to hire an IT expert to operate and maintain servers. If businesses are able to outsource this process, they will focus on their specialized goods and streamlining their structure.
  • - Increase the ability to use calculating resources: After investing in resources (such as servers), businesses always question on when the resources end depreciation, can they earn profits with such investment, and may the resources are outdated. With cloud computing, businesses no longer have to worry about that.
  • - However, to make the full advantage of cloud computing, businesses need to find a good cloud computing provider to meet their own demands. In the future, cloud computing will become more and more useful as it will use redundant resources in users’ personal computers.
  • - Reduce the demands for human resources specializing in information and technology: In a recently-written book named “The big switch: rewiring the world, from Edison to Google,” the author wrote: “human resources responsible for information and technologies will have a little thing to do when a giant workload relating to calculation is transferred from private data centers to cloud computing.”

Cloud computing examples

Although cloud computing has been developed for a not-very-long period of time, it has become more and more popular. There are many apps and software in high-tech equipment (smartphone, tablets, laptops) using cloud computing which users are not aware of. The most popular examples of cloud computing at present are:

  • Icloud of Apple: Iphone and Ipad are high-tech equipment that are use the most widely at present. In these equipment, Apple provides users with an Icloud account. This account helps users restore personal data for the use of the equipment. Icloud is one of the products developed based on the cloud computing that we use the most frequently.
  • Google Driver: Google Driver is a data restoration space that Google provided for its users. The data restoration space is also one of the apps developed based on cloud computing.

Besides these two examples, nowadays, cloud computing is also widely used to serve the development of information and technology.