CLOUD COMPUTING(an explanation by Rajat Sharma)Modern computing in the age of the Internet is quite a strange, remarkable thing.As you sit with your laptop at home with coffee in one hand and the other handover the mouse watching a YouTube video or using a search engine, you’reactually plugging into the collective power of thousands of computers that serveall this information to you from far-away rooms distributed around the world.This phenomenon is what we typically refer to as cloud computing. We now readthe news, listen to music, shop, watch TV shows and store our files on the web.Some of us live in cities in which nearly every museum, bank, and governmentoffice has a website. In India also slowly everything is being automated everythingWe spend less time in lines or on the phone, as these websites allow us to dothings like pay bills and make reservations. The movement of many of our dailytasks online enables us to live more fully in the real world. Cloud computing offersother benefits as well. Not too long ago, many of us worried about losing ourdocuments, photos and files if something bad happened to our computers, like avirus or a hardware malfunction. Today, our data is migrating beyond theboundaries of our personal computers. Instead, we’re moving our data online into“the cloud”. If you upload your photos, store critical files online and use a web-based email service like Gmail, Yahoo Mail or Hotmail, even if a car runs over yourlaptop and all your data would still safely reside on the web, accessible from anyInternet-connected computer, anywhere in the world.Some of the basic providers of Cloud services are the cyber giants likeGoogle (http://www.google.com/apps/intl/en/business/index.html),Microsoft (http://explore.live.com/windows-live-skydrive),Amazon(https://www.amazon.com/clouddrive/learnmore) many others are in the race tobring this new change in the cyber world into practice. Many free cloud servicesare also provided by Google like Gmail, Google Docs, Google Sites & GoogleCalendar. The recent inclusions have been Google Cloud Print service which canbe used in the services provided by their browser Google Chrome and alsorecently rolled out Google Cloud Connect which integrates with MicrosoftOffice.There are many other players who have ventured into it like IBM, Dell oreven if you need a 2 Gigabytes of space for free then just click on toDropbox.com.