The New Age Cloud Storage: Pin Boards
You know it happens to you: You browse the Internet and find a great recipe, the perfect couch or a wreath you’d like to DIY for Christmas. The only issue is, now you have to bookmark that page and hope you remember
that it’s there when the time comes to take a look at it. Pinterest, the online pin board, eliminates the need to bookmark pages or scour the Internet for hours looking for that perfect picture to go along with an idea. This revolutionary cloud storage option combines traditional bookmarking, photo pinning and social media into one centralized location. In fact, it’s now one of the fastest growing social media cloud storage sites in the world.
Linking to Social Media
Unlike most cloud storage programs, Pinterest links directly to social media pages like Facebook. By doing so, friends and family can follow one another’s “pins” to see what others are looking at and pinning. This social media link helped Pinterest grow over 17 million users in just nine short months – unheard of for most cloud storage providers.
Pinterest and Amazon Web Services
Pinterest would not have been able to grow their cloud storage at the rate they did without the assistance of Amazon Web Services, or AWS. Since Pinterest did not have the funding or capability to create their own data center, they relied heavily on the data storage and cloud services of Amazon Web Services.
The more companies like Pinterest utilize Amazon, the more Amazon will have to expand. Amazon is already reporting a 30 percent annual growth, which has prompted Amazon officials to start scouting new locations and planning for additional data center storage space in the near future.
The Growing Cloud
The biggest concern among IT professionals is whether or not this new way of conducting business is more environmentally friendly than that of traditional business. Though companies like Pinterest are not using their own data center, they are operating through the services of a data center that relies heavily on electricity, water and cooling systems required to host Pinterest’s site.
Even so, with more cloud storage services and providers popping up, more companies are converting to a new way of business: one-hundred percent cloud storage. Internet technology companies operating solely through cloud storage are becoming more common, and Pinterest is only one example of those companies.
Pinterest has already proven that cloud storage does not have to be just about media files and document storage. Pinterest combines the world of cloud storage, bookmarking and social media to create a one-of-a-kind cloud computing service for sharing and storing ideas.
By KoriLynn Johnston