While fads come and go just as quickly, cloud and cloud computing seems to be one “fad” that is here to stay. What’s more, according to technology analysts Gartner, by 2016, 36% of data will be stored on the cloud – and this is just households, where according to Gartner an estimated 3.3.terrabytes will be stored online. Last year this figure was just 464GB.
What lies behind this?
Seemingly it is the ease with which mobile devices can network and synchronise with each other along with an internet connection that allows people to work without having to be stuck behind a desk in a stuffy office.
Similarly for householders who regularly use their tablet device while out and about, cloud computing will soon be just another everyday activity.
What could it be used for?
There are probably numerous examples, but one that will easily apply to me is family history. As an avid genealogist, being able to make notes on a tablet and store them online while away from the house will make life much easier. There is nothing more galling than finding something unexpected (which can often happen) and either have to scribble something down on a piece of paper or in a notebook, only to have to translate it when I get home.
Being able to make a digital note in, say, Google Docs, then store it on Google Drive for later retrieval is much better.