A Guide to Cloud: Google and Microsoft Apart
So you might find yourselves asking what is The ‘Cloud’? Well, Cloud is basically a way of storing your information online, just like a network, and you can share it with other users. Cloud, was most likely inspired from the concept of Cloud computing (hence the name), Cloud computing in laymen’s terms means to share applications and services on-demand from a networks, basically something accessible through the internet (like a program). Drop Box anyone? Yes, Drop Box is a perfect example of cloud computing. Many applications are now becoming more and more web-enhanced, using features through the internet. The Cloud is basically a new method of storing information.
Microsoft Cloud, like many other cloud services, can help reduce the cost of services, such as applications created by programmers, which actually decreases the overall price. Now with Microsoft’s version of cloud you can use one of the three models – public cloud, private cloud and hosted private cloud. The public cloud is so that it can be used all around (publically by anyone basically); the private cloud is usually used for a company (storing of information on the cloud and making it only available to company employees), and not for the public, whereas the hosted private cloud is hosted by a certain company but visible to other users. It’s generally used to help improve software development.
Google Cloud is basically the same thing as the previously mentioned Microsoft Cloud. Now what I found more interesting to use was the apps provided by Google that allow you to sync a certain program to a Google feature. Now a great example of this would be such as Syncing Microsoft Office’s Word using the app provided by Google, and that will actually sync it with Google docs. Like in the following video below.
Overall, there are many other apps to play around with, but I found Google Cloud to be more realistic solution, since Microsoft Cloud is typically more for Business use, although it can be beneficial to others as well.
Between the two, the one I’d prefer is Google Cloud, but then again it all comes down to personal preference. The one next in line would have to be cloud.com, as it will probably be the most user friendly application while the Microsoft Cloud would have to mainly be for business use. Of course, you could also say on smaller scale that both could be used for either business or personal use, but like I said it’s personal preference of which one you find better suited to your needs.