Amazon.com just released a membership based cloud computing service to the public fittingly entitled Amazon Cloud Drive. For many tech heads, Cloud-Computing is known as the near future, soon-to-be market dominating way for billions of people to get television, internet, music, movies, software, and communications anywhere in the world on simple cheap internet portals.
For the rest of us Cloud-Computing simple means you log into a much more powerful computer over the internet, with a huge server farm connected to it and use it pretty much like you would use your computer now. The difference is that all the software, hardware, and data are stored and located offsite on a company’s server.
The Cloud-concept is an ideal way to thwart piracy of intellectual property that has caused massive loss of revenues to the movies, music, and software industries. Just imagine turning on your basic dumb-terminal but having access to the world’s most powerful computer running the latest software, that’s all possible with Cloud computing.
No need to buy a video game, just purchase a pass to access whatever video game, on which ever system you feel like playing and enjoy. The only weakness the Cloud has right now are on the user-end, if you do not have a sufficient internet speed (10MB) or more, you may experience long upload and download times, and occasionally shuttering and stuttering of video.
While Amazon.com is just one of many Cloud-Computing sites popping up over the internet, they are probably the best known company to offer such a service and they have a huge market to cater too. Anyone with an Amazon account can log in and take advantage 5GB of storage for free on Amazon’s cloud-system. This is great for anyone looking to free up some hard drive space by placing family photos, music, movies, software, documents, etc… on Amazon.com’s servers.
You can also purchase more space if you desire, I signed up for the service the first day and so far everything is running rather smoothly. I would not put any confidential documents, trade secrets, or files you would not want the public to see on the Amazon Cloud Drive though. Amazon.com unfortunately already showed their hand that if our government wants to examine what’s on the Amazon Cloud Drives, Amazon will pretty much give governmental agencies wings to fly up and take a grand tour. Another risk is having the Cloud hacked which is more common place than you probably comfortably want to understand.
Those two concerns aside, Amazon’s Cloud Drive service is probably just perfectly fine for 99.9% of Americans looking for some free backup space, and is a great new service not to be missed, and if you sign up for a paid account you’ll receive free credits towards Amazon.com’s MP3 Music Store.