Cloud computing has escalated changes throughout the computing industry by encouraging developers to write creative new programs and applications just for cloud. These applications are for use in the cloud and also to be used for the cloud services available to end-users. The services are broken down into storage, connectivity and application uses. If you haven’t heard of cloud before now, and you are curious as to how it will affect your internet services, read on.

Imagine your computer as it stands alone. If you wanted to have extra data storage space, networking equipment, servers and software, you would normally have to buy all of it. You can think of cloud as a friend whom you have an arrangement with, where you could borrow computer stuff, for a minimal service price. Because the computer industry is always growing and developing, your friend will keep getting the new “good stuff” which you can get to use too.

Computer platforms that provide service, such as cloud does, are called ‘platform as a service’ or PaaS. They deliver use of solution stacks which contain cloud applications and infrastructure, as well as a computing platform. Cloud applications developers have been pretty excited about getting their own platforms set up into the cloud, because it makes their platforms and applications popular and available to everyone “in the cloud”.

This helpful new technology is being used by most internet providers now. The cloud uses remote servers, and works through the internet to provide end-users, like you, access to your e-mail (Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail etc.) without having to download software. E-mail is a pretty simple example to use, so imagine the cloud working on a larger scale, as in use by businesses.

Some businesses still use their own hardware and software, because maybe they do not want their data information exposed or they want the security of having everything under their own lock and key. These days, businesses cannot use excuses to not progress into the cloud, which uses excellent security applications to protect files and data. For example, Applied Systems, which is an insurance technology company, encourages the many insurance agents and carriers to use cloud-based technology.

In addition, in the “old days” employees would need to perform upgrades on their software, or collate their company’s new data on a weekly or monthly basis, right there, at the office. Companies that are operating under the cloud will have their data analyzed and organized, and their software automatically updated, if they are using programs and servers provided by the cloud. Imagine the savings a company could have, just by not requiring their office manager to stay late every Friday to do updates and upgrades.

Now, there is the possibility of a “what if?” Suppose one day there is a flood, or earthquake or the building burned down. Everything on the computers in that building would be lost, right? Well, not everything, because with cloud, any records on their programs would still be there, in the cloud. The company could still access the information they need to keep their business running, from any computer, anywhere.

So, you can see a few reasons why businesses and individuals would appreciate being in the cloud. Of course, once in a while you may want to check in and ask how everything is supposed to work, and be educated on the purposes of new applications as they become available to you. The cloud has that covered, with excellent support services. The benefits just keep coming!