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Cloud computing application

  1. 1. Cloud Computing Application Cloud computing is internet-based computing, whereby shared resources, software, and information are provided to computers and other devices on demand Cloud computing is the next stage in the Internet's evolution, providing the means through which everything — from computing power to computing infrastructure, applications, business processes to personal collaboration — can be delivered to you as a service wherever and whenever you need. The “cloud” in cloud computing can be defined as the set of hardware, networks, storage, services, and interfaces that combine to deliver aspects of computing as a service. Cloud services include the delivery of software, infrastructure, and storage over the Internet (either as separate components or a complete platform) based on user demand Cloud computing has four essential characteristics: elasticity and the ability to scale up and down, selfservice provisioning and automatic deprovisioning, application programming interfaces (APIs), billing and metering of service usage in a pay-as-you-go model. Platforms like You Tube, Vimeo, Flickr, Slideshare and Skype can reasonably be included in a list of cloud applications – platforms that hold your data (images, video, presentations, voice) and look after it all so you don’t have to worry about them. Google is the major player, with their compilation of cloud platforms known as Google Apps. Google Apps as “a service from Google providing independently customizable versions of several Google products under a custom domain name. It features several web applications with similar functionality to traditional office suites, including: Gmail, Google Groups, Google Calendar, Talk, Docs and Sites.” But, just because they are a major player, doesn’t mean Google has a monopoly on the cloud as you will see below. But let’s start with the Google Apps and the one that is probably the best known, Gmail. Gmail Gmail is a free, advertising-supported (email) serviced provided by Google. Gmail was launched as an invitation-only beta-release on April 1, 2004 and it became available to the general public on February 7, 2007, though still in beta status at the time. As of June 2012, it had 425 million users. Dropbox Dropbox is a web-based file hosting service … which uses cloud computing to enable users to store and share files and folders with others across the internet using file synchronization. There are both free and paid services, each with varying options. Basecamp Basecamp is a web-based project management tool launched in 2004. Basecamp primary features are to-do lists, milestone management, forum-like messaging, file sharing, and time tracking.
  2. 2. Highrise Highrise is a ‘shared contact management’ web application which supports basic CRM tasks. The application centers around person and company pages, which collate information such as images, notes, and contact detail. Backpack Backpack is a web-based personal information manager and intranet for small business. The application has two main functions: user-created pages (which can include text, images and files) and an iCalendar format calendar. Features of the user-created pages include to-do lists, inline photo galleries, and notes and file attachments, and page sharing. Campfire Campfire is a business-oriented online chat service. The application uses Ajax technology for real time communication. To use the application, users must either create a new chat room or be invited to one. Unless a chat room is specifically chosen to be “off the record”, browsable transcripts of chats and uploaded files are stored for future reference Evernote Evernote is a suite of software and services designed for notetaking and archiving available in a paid version or a more restricted, advertising-supported, ‘free’ version. A ‘note’ can be a piece of formattable text, a full webpage or webpage excerpt, a photograph, a voice memo, or a handwritten ‘ink’ note. Notes can also have file attachments. Notes can then be sorted into folders, tagged, annotated, edited, given comments, and searched Xero Xero is an online accounting software product for small and medium-sized businesses, as well as personal finance. [It] allows business owners and their employers, accountants, bookkeepers and other financial advisors access to up-to-date financial records in realtime with the only system requirement being a suitably-configured internet browser. PayCycle PayCycle Inc. is an online payroll service started in 1999 by Rene Lacerte and Martin Gates. [It] was the first company to introduce a completely internet-based payroll service WorkFlowMax WorkflowMax allows you and your staff to track time, manage jobs, create quotes, purchase orders and invoices. Using the advanced reporting, measure how productive your team is, whether you’re on schedule and more importantly how much money you are making on each job
  3. 3. Logmein LogMeIn is a suite of software services that provides remote access to computers over the internet. The various product versions are designed for both end users and professional help desk personnel. Carbonite Carbonite is an online backup service available to both Windows and Mac users that provides unlimited backup space to consumers and small businesses. It is named after carbonite, the fictional substance used to freeze Han Solo in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. Springpad Quickly and easily save ideas and information you want to remember. Springpad automatically categorizes your stuff and enhances it with useful links. Share your stuff, set reminders and get alerts to relevant news, offers and deals. - Springpad Website.