In Cloud computing, the word cloud is used to describe “The Internet “and hence the term signify a type of internet based computing. It is the delivery of computing as a service where shared resources, software, and information are provided to computers and other devices are shared over a network. These services are divided into 3 categories: Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS).
- Maintenance of cloud computing applications is easier and fast as they do not need to be installed on each user’s computer and can be accessed from different places.
- Reduces cost
- Device and location independence enable users to access systems irrespective of their location or what device they use (e.g., PC, mobile phone). As infrastructure is off-site and accessed through the Internet, users can connect from anywhere.
- Productivity is increased when several users can work on the same data or project simultaneously, rather than waiting for it to be saved and emailed.
HOW WINDOWS 8 USES CLOUD COMPUTING?
You use Microsoft account to sign in to your windows 8. It is our identity while using window 8.When you connects a device or service to your Microsoft account, you’re automatically connected with a set of cloud services, including contact list, calendar, inbox, instant messaging, and cloud storage. Of course these services connect to your PC and your Windows Phone; they’re accessible from any web browser and from anywhere.
Along with a Microsoft account, we get a SkyDrive, which is cloud storage for documents, photos, your phone’s camera roll, and settings from your PC etc. SkyDrive powers the Windows Phone camera roll, so every picture you take is automatically copied to your cloud photo album.