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Someone explain Cloud Computing to me

Discussion in 'Website Design Forum:' started by Kevin, Aug 14, 2009.

  1. Kevin

    Kevin Senior Member

    In plain English if you don't mind. I fail to understand Wikipedia's explanation :confused:
  2. h_freezy

    h_freezy Senior Member

    silly wiki.............hmmmm try google!:lol:
  3. Levi

    Levi Moderator Staff Member

    cloud computing -
    Very simply put - you have a screen and input device and the storage and processing is in a big server somewhere. Software is installed on the server side and you access it via the wireless network (3G, wifi etc).
    So in a way you can think of it as remote desktop without having a second computer where you are or google docs (online version).
  4. Kevin

    Kevin Senior Member

    See, now that's something I understand. ;)
    So a lot of webapps (e.g. Welcome to Aviary) are based on cloud computing?
  5. Levi

    Levi Moderator Staff Member

    In essence yes :)
  6. Kevin

    Kevin Senior Member

    So as a designer/web developer, would it be of any use to me to have access to such a service?
  7. Levi

    Levi Moderator Staff Member

    Personally I don't think you need access to such a service (you only need a web browser and a cloud os/software now) its more about moving away the need for a computer at home, in my opinion. So you could say it's really meant for a larger company if you get what I mean, google and ms are both doing cloud based os/software (ms office for example).

    It might be worth learning some of the code behind making a 'cloud' app though.

    Think that makes sense :)

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