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Cloud Computing And What It Means

What does local versus cloud computing mean?

When you do things on your computer sometimes the action is done inside the physical box next to you and sometimes the action is done on another computer somewhere out “in the cloud”.  The cloud means through your internet connection and on another shared computer away from your location.

The computing action and the storage of data are separate.  Sometimes the action and the storage occur in the cloud e.g. Gmail or Facebook.

Sometimes the action and the storage both happen on your local computer e.g. saving a photo from your camera.

Sometimes the action is on your computer but data is stored in the cloud e.g. using Outlook to receive emails.

Sometimes the action is in the cloud but data is stored on your computer e.g. using an online photo editor but then storing the finished photo on your computer.

You are probably using local computing if:

  • You installed software on your computer
  • You can do your computing task when the internet is off
  • You can only do that task from one computer i.e. you can’t log in at work and do it

You are probably using cloud computing if:

  • You didn’t installed software on your computer to use it
  • You open a web browser like Internet Explorer to do the task
  • You can’t do your computing task when the internet is off
  • You can do that task from more than one computer with the same data

If you would like to learn more about cloud computing then contact Gozone. 

Written by: Chris Hodson

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