A Simple Introduction to Cloud Computing by Kevin Ryan
Cloud computing is becoming pervasive but it is complicated and just for businesses? Yes that is true in one sense but it is designed to be simple to use and it is the jargon that puts people off. Businesses are attracted to it for many reasons mainly to save money. Writers and authors can gain a lot of benefits from using it as well.
A Simple Introduction to Cloud Computing does what it says on the cover, it strips away the jargon that has grown around the technology and then shows you all the things you could use from Google, Microsoft, Apple and others. You will be surprised at what is available and equally surprised how quickly you can use cloud computing with some knowledge and guidance.
A Simple Introduction to Cloud Computing is primarily aimed at small businesses, sole traders and associations and the first two chapters explain the technology and the terminology usually used by salesmen. This is good background reading but not essential. Chapter three tells you what to consider if you think that Cloud Computing might fit with your circumstances. The later chapters are about specialist applications such as online accounting and appendices cover the technical stuff that can trip you up.
As a writer I usually use Microsoft Publisher and I subscribe to Office 365 that includes a generous amount of online (cloud) storage. Users of word processor software, like Microsoft Word, will find several other options in the book that are free to use and that can be combined with free online storage. Google, for example, has additional apps and software to backup files from your device to their cloud storage. Many more examples are included covering newsletters, websites and clever ways to share files with other people.
Cloud computing is a must for people who use several devices and want to access files and documents on the go. These invaluable items are protected and a personal cloud-based store is becoming essential in this era of malware and ransomware that can destroy months and even years of work.
This book will open your eyes as to what is possible with cloud computing and the services keep evolving. It will save a lot of time researching these options yourself and possibly save you money because the life of PCs and laptops can be extended as nearly all the services work in a browser.