Review Of The Top Cloud Storage Providers In The Consumer Segment Cloud storage in the consumer segment is really hotting up, as providers across the spectrum vie for consumer data that would provide them with the scale to roll out a variety of value-added services. In this review, we will consider the seven leading services that account for most of the market, and help you decide the right one for your needs. The four parameters I consider are: size of free storage space; third-party integration; ease of access across multiple platforms; and value-added services. I believe these to be the
A Round of Applause for Google Drive Just as iCloud is cresting in popularity and trending well with its users, Google has flown in, to upstage Apple, to steal its thunder, to stop the show — insert your own “oh no they didn’t” cliché here. Bottom line: Google has taken quite the inviting Drive into the competitive, and increasingly crowded, cloud computing sphere. The latest expansion of the Google brand looks upward into the cloud. Deemed Google Drive, this new service from the world’s most powerful Internet organization will provide users with five gigabytes’ (5GB) worth of storage and backup
Latest trends of the cloud computing world There is no doubt about the worldwide cloud adoption. According to the National Inflation Association, cloud computing is currently a $74 billion industry that accounts for 3 percent of global IT spending, and it’s expected to become a $150 billion market by 2013. Moreover, cloud computing is creating a million new jobs globally. IDC came out with a Microsoft report that projects that spending on public and private IT cloud services will generate nearly 14 million jobs worldwide from 2011 to 2015. Nearly 1.2 million of those new cloud-related jobs will be created
Jolicloud Me – A Personal Cloud Organizing Service While cloud services have popped up everywhere, giving us options to store and manage our music, images, documents and other files on the cloud, there is no comprehensive organizing solution that connects them all in an easy and intuitive way. Thus, I have Gmail storing my emails, Dropbox for my backups, Facebook and Instagram for images and Google Docs for my documents. What we need is a way to integrate them all. The just launched JoliCloud Me promises to connect them all and if they deliver on the promise it could give
Using Cloud Services For Backups Introduction With the explosive growth in this as a service, that as a service, and clouding everything in sight, it comes as no surprise that cloud backup services are starting to crop up everywhere. And we’re not just talking about some of the excellent services targeted at consumers like Dropbox, box.net, and iCloud, we’re talking about enterprise grade services. If you are one of the growing number of administrators who is looking at cloud backup services to augment or replace your tape backup or disk to disk backup, you’re not alone. To help you with
Cloud Computing Gets Top Billing at Consumer Electronics Show People pessimistic about the world economy can take heart from the recent Consumer Electronics Show (CES) at Las Vegas, Nevada. Not only was the largest trade show in the Americas bigger than ever, it also managed to attract a record number of visitors. Over 153,000 footfalls were recorded over four days in January, flocking to stalls spread across 1.86 million square feet, or the equivalent of 32 football fields. And importantly for our readers, cloud computing had top billing at the show. While cloud computing has often been promoted as a
Battle of the Document Cloud Apps: Google Docs, Apple iWorks…Which One Truly Reigns? Throughout the 1990s, 2000s, and today, Microsoft Word has served as the final word in applications designed to maximize the efficiency and output of both businesses and individual computer users regarding their documents. Attempts to unseat its status as the number-one program of its kind have been largely futile. Many an erstwhile competitor has been outdone by the thorough richness and ease of use inherent to Word and the other members of the Microsoft Office family, such as Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint. Both the computing industry and
Cloud Apps of the Week The New York Times has proclaimed Google Music as one of the best cloud applications released for Android phone devices last year. That the music service is offered free of charge helps explain its selection, and also locates Google Music right at home among the other applications in the Google family, all available gratis (GMail, Google Docs, et cetera). But like those other apps, comprehensive features also distinguish Google Music: users can transfer 20,000 of their tracks to the cloud via the app, which also immediately and wirelessly synchronizes what they upload to their Android.