Cloud Computing – The New Wave of the Future?
Cloud computing, also known as utility computing or rack computing, has been around for several years. The terminology differs, but the idea is simple.
Cloud computing is an offsite bank of computing resources , data centers, and servers that you or your business can tie into. No need for costly software purchases and upgrades. The Cloud will take care of that. Other computers can tie into the same information that you are working on in real time. No need to worry about lost data due to computer crashes or corrupt programs. All data is utilized by the latest versions of software on the market.
Cloud computing is all about data—using it, storing it, and having instant access to it from computers anywhere in the world. Our need for multiple access points to the same data, accurate data, and instantly available data is the driving force behind Cloud Technology. It is said that businesses can improve agility and lower their operating and capital costs with the Cloud—and gain a competitive edge.
Of course, security and privacy are key concerns. The various companies that are hosting Cloud Technologies feature expos and symposia on this issues.
How will Cloud Technology affect us as technical communicators? It’s another avenue to explore in the confusing maze of streets and alleys out there now. Software still needs to be documented; technical issues still need to be communicated. For now, I am keeping an eye on Cloud Technology to see which local companies jump on this new wave.