If you regularly use a computer in your work, chances are good that you are at least aware of the concept of cloud storage. This is a great way to remotely backup your data, providing for a security net when your computer or network suffers a meltdown. For a long time, this was the sole prerogative of cloud-based technology. However, a concept known as “cloud computing” is on the rise, which may transform the modern workplace in no small way.
The idea behind cloud computing is that, instead of simply saving your files in a cloud, you could use the cloud to gain access to remotely-operated programs through your web browser. This allows you to create and edit files without ever needing to download or install the requisite software. Most of the work is therefore done by a remote machine, while your own computer is free to devote its processing power to other tasks.
The main drawback of cloud computing is that it requires a significant processing power from the cloud source, as well as a reliable up-time during lengthy processing periods. Therefore, most extant cloud processing ventures have been limited to word processing and similar, simple applications. However, as the hurdles are gradually surmounted by tech companies, we are beginning to see rudimentary photo editing programs and other, more complex applications emerge in the cloud sphere.