Whether or not you use cloud computing in your personal life, it's very likely that you support the use of it in your day-to-day activities. It's been reported that more than half of the businesses in the U.S. utilize cloud computing services, which allow them to store, share and access data from remote servers at a moment's notice. Whether you have a clear understanding of how the mysterious cloud works or not, from the moment you wake up to the instant you turn on your television after a long day of work, it has probably made an appearance in your life in a variety of ways.
Take a look at some of the daily activities that often utilize the cloud:
For those of us that aren't too trusting of their internal wake-up call, setting an alarm clock is almost a necessity to getting your day off to a good start. Many companies that specialize in building and distributing alarm clocks are looking to introduce devices that are cloud compatible. Bose, for example, is looking to hire a senior software engineer in cloud computing to establish a cloud computing presence within the company.
There are also developments that will sync mattresses with the alarm set in your phone and won't turn off until you leave the bed or remove the pressurized sensor that can be found under the mattress. The alarm will even go off again if you get back in the bed a few minutes later. This data will ideally be stored using cloud computing services.
For those unfamiliar with contemporary farming, the notion that the farming industry not only uses technology, but the latest technology, may be a bit surprising. But given the level of efficiency that's attained by introducing machinery to farming, it's almost a no-brainer. Farms have been using machinery to feed the country for decades now and they're starting to introduce cloud computing to process all of the information. This means that less time will have to be spent crunching numbers and can be spent elsewhere to improve the overall experience.
If you have to get your first, and most important, meal of the day on the go, you may stop by a coffee or bagel shop on the way to work. As cloud computing gets closer to being the norm and further from a new and trendy way to store data, more restaurants and retail locations are using it to archive sales records and other data. Even something as simple as getting a cup of coffee has become an example of the changing times.
This same trend can also be seen in fast food establishments and dine-in restaurants that are looking to find better ways to store data. Many business owners feel that the inclusion of the cloud in their services is the wise decision from multiple perspectives. One of the most trying tasks with running a restaurant doesn't even include the clients. It's managing the employee's information, time records and payment history. Using the cloud makes all of this information accessible. Investing in the cloud is also cost efficient for many restaurants because they don't have to purchase servers, find room for them and maintain them if they run into any complications.
Before cloud computing became popular, transportation services most commonly used local data centers and extensive IT staff employees to maintain them. The transfer and storing of important information, such as train or bus location, passenger numbers and tracking information, was all dependent on these localized servers. Public transportation services across the globe are now using cloud computing technology to efficiently keep record of statistics that are needed to provide the best services to their riders.
If you drive to work, you may be getting from point A to point B in a machine that was built using cloud computing services. GPS, music streaming and many other features in cars utilize cloud computing to give you convenient access to what you need.
There are so many ways that cloud computing technology is used in our everyday lives that the previous three are only a part of the list. We'll continue this series with a second part to explore more of the ways that the cloud is a part of day-to-day activities.