"I was referring to email and banking as cloud services in the sense that the "cloud" is any data that is resident on someone else's server -- in this case, the internet provider's server and the bank's server."
Rob, thanks for the clarification. But banks are using their own servers and networks as a part of security reason.
Mydesign, I was referring to email and banking as cloud services in the sense that the "cloud" is any data that is resident on someone else's server -- in this case, the internet provider's server and the bank's server.
Thanks Bobjengr. You're right about security and the cloud. We're in a neck and neck race between hackers and security developments. the race is likely to go on for years. There are too many advantages to networks and clouds to avoid the race.
"Cloud makes so much sense. We're already using it in our personal lives. My email and internet connection are effectively cloud services. Same with my bank and bill paying functions. None of that is resident on my computer."
Rob, you are right about the various email and bill payment services, but how many of us know that it's a cloud service. So far I didn't know any bank relying on cloud for their services. Banking and financial sector are the domains keeping themselves away from cloud because of security concern.
Excellent post and very informative. I definitely feel we can all "buy-in" with Cloud Computing and Storage. That's already well under way as you mention Rob. The only thing (and I know I'm paranoid) is the security aspects of cloud storage. It seems as though hackers have no real difficulties in rushing in at any time. I feel "the cloud" is rife with opportunities. I also agree that the medical field will see significant increased usage relative to the digital world. I think we are eventually looking at a "universal medical data base" that can be accessed from any point on the globe. Here again, privacy is key. Again, great post.
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