Given reports that state that over half of the businesses in the U.S. use the cloud for their data management and support, it's not hard to believe that many of the services you use most fall into that same category. Just in case you're worried about how cloud computing technology works, or are hesitant to trust it, we recently delivered the first part of our list of everyday activities that utilize cloud computing techniques, whether you know it or not. Given how many examples there are, we have more than enough to give you the second part of that list.
Take a look at more examples below:
In the workplace
More offices in the U.S. are introducing the use of the cloud to improve their overall efficiency. By allowing employees to do things such as share documents with each other from anywhere and truly work from home, offices using the cloud makes things a lot easier for everyone involved. The cloud has made working remotely so convenient that there are some that work for highly grossing companies that comfortably work out of their homes, on the road or at a restaurant, and hardly step foot in the office.
This also saves companies money when it comes to their IT departments given that they don't need to buy servers that need constant maintenance.
One of the most common and accessible devices that lets people access the cloud is in their pocket or on their person for most of the day. Cellphones in today's society are basically handheld computers that come with a growing list of applications that can be found on the Internet. Given how much room for storage a phone comes with, users may prefer to stream or download things versus having them constantly take up memory. Downloading things at a moment's notice is one of the primary functions of cloud computing technology. If you've used your phone for pretty much anything internet-related today, you've probably been using the cloud.
When you get home after a long day, you may want to listen to some of your favorite music or watch a movie. Streaming sources of entertainment are becoming more popular as the traditional ways of listening to music or watching programming (radio and cable television) are becoming more obsolete and dated. More new content is being delivered exclusively through streaming services as the business grows. Just this past week, musical artist and multi-millionaire business man, Shawn "Jay Z" Carter announced the introduction of a new music service called Tidal that will offer exclusive music from chart topping artists that can't be found anywhere else. While the popularity of Tidal is yet to be seen, the success rates of its future competition say more than enough for the trend of entertainment consumption.
Things like Tidal, Spotify, Netflix and many of today's most popular streaming services depend heavily on cloud computing technology to give their customers instant access to their favorite forms of entertainment. If any of these are something you like to partake in, you're an avid supporter of the cloud.
Even if you aren't uploading your most secure documents to what appears to be some invisible place where you can access them from at anytime, you're still playing a role in the advancement of cloud technology. Cloud computing is long past it's experimental stage and has made a significant imprint on the advancement of technology. Given that a reported majority of businesses in the U.S., many of which are on a high-functioning, major level, are using it to function is a telling sign of the future.