CLOUD COMPUTING For the Home User Presented by Jeff Zaino, Systems Librarian New Canaan Library
Outline What is Cloud computing Cloud Applications Photo & Music Editing Slide Show Creation The Virtual Office Personal Finance Cloud Antivirus Cloud Storage Photo storage Video Storage Music storage Online Backup and Recovery Online File Storage
What is Cloud Computing? From Wikipedia:Cloud computing is Internet-based computing, whereby shared resources, software and information are provided to computers and other devices on-demand…http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cloud_computing
Cloud Computing Desktop PC no longer primary device Proliferation of mobile devices (smartphones, tablets) Multiple devices, data not in one place Cheap storage Improved Internet Speed Desire to share and collaborate
Pros & ConsPros Simplicity Convenience (data available from any location or device) Easy and quick to implementCons Performance (Requires high-speed connection to Internet) Security Cost
Photo Editing Tools Pixlr – free online photo editing tool. Combines image design and paint tools with photo editing and adjustment features. Features include cropping, resizing, rotation, special effect
Music Editing Advanced Aviary – a suite of powerful creative applications: Image editor, Music creator, Screen capture, audio editor, and more…Use your account to create, share and collaborate Aviary Music Editor – Powerful editing tool used to remix your favorite songs or record your own.
Slide Shows SlideRocket Online presentation software Public or private viewing Share, colloborate, download 250 mb free space Import MS Powerpoint or PDF Offline player Slideshare World’s largest community for sharing presentations Upload presentations for pubic or private viewing Download presentations on any topic and reuse Presentations available on every topic Share on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn Mobile app Embed Youtube videos
Virtual Office Google Drive (Docs) Create documents, spreadsheets, etc Share, collaborate 5 GB free space Thinkfree Cloud Office Online Create office file View, edit and share documents Conversion application 1 GB online storage Versioning Publish to web or blog
Personal Finance Mint.com Mint brings all your financial accounts together online or on your mobile device, automatically categorizes your transactions, lets you set budgets and helps you achieve your savings goals. Bank level security 128-bit SSL encryption Read only service – money cannot be moved Free service
Antivirus Cloud Antivirus Antivirus and Malware functionality Easy to use and configure Uses minimal PC resources Rated best cloud antivirus by PC World Sends information about files to the data center on the cloud which checks for malware in the files
Photo Storage Flickr Organize, tag and create slideshows
Video Storage Vimeo – Video storage site - users can upload, share, and view videos
Cloud Music Storage Mspot – Works on any device, free option 5GB. Amazon Cloud Drive – like dropbox (photos, video), cloud player; uses flash (no apple products) Apple Icloud – Apple’s service makes music on your itunes desktop available to all devices
Online Backup & Recovery Carbonite Automatic online data backup storage Unlimited backup ($54.95/year) Remote access to data – download, view or share from any browser Mozy Automatic online backup and storage Home and business solutions $5.99/month for 50gb | $9.99/month for 125gb
Online File Storage Dropbox Software that syns your files online and across computers Apps for Smartphones 2gb of free storage Sugarsync Backup and sync service 5 gb of free storage
Resources Books Cloud Computing for Dummies 006.7 C Cloud Computing: A Practical Approach 006.7 V Cloud Computing Explained: Handbook for Enterprise implementation 006.7 R Websites Cloud Computing Resource Center (www.deitel.com/resourcecenters/programming/cloudcomputing/tabi d/3057/Default.aspx) Cloud Computing Journal (cloudcomputing.sys-con.com) Cloud Computing – Wikipedia (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/cloud_computing)
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