The rise of the cloud in business and private use doesn't just mean that everyone is going to be keeping their information in a datacenter somewhere. It also means that there will be an attendant boom in certain products and services that utilize the cloud, and that in itself may wind up allowing for even more cloud growth as these products continue to infiltrate the market. Even some aspects of city planning and urban development may find that they greatly benefit from cloud sources, and the utilization of cloud resources for those things should be seen as mass acceptance of the benefits of cloud computing. As more people habitually use the cloud, more types of products that make use of it will find mainstream acceptance. This may wind up paving the way for a host of services and products that rely on data being easily accessible for individual users through the cloud – something that would not have been able to exist just a few years ago.
Many users are purchasing Chromebooks and cloud software, according to CloudTweaks. Chromebooks are laptops produced by Google that run only a very thin veneer of an operating system necessary to make Chrome work, and a small amount of hard drive space. Everything else on a Chromebook is held online, in cloud storage. The sales of these new portable books are projected to increase by 79 percent in 2014.
The city of Philadelphia will be using cloud technology to give locals instant information online and through different social media services, and by calling and texting, according to NationSwell. Due to the amount of 311 calls made every year by Philadelphia residents, the mayor, Michael Nutter, is trying to get information from citizens and to citizens as efficiently as possible. For Philadelphia this means utilizing the power of the cloud.
Finally, the Internet of Things is set to take the world by storm, resulting in the bringing of the Cloud down to earth in what some experts are calling, "fog computing." Home technology that makes use of the cloud that might be useful for consumers includes thermostats, security systems, coffeemakers and even refrigerators that can be set to certain temperatures through apps. This is one of the many ways that the widespread adoption of cloud technology is creating new business opportunities for companies and filling needs for customers.