In today’s modern era, many companies and businesses have started running cloud computing-based applications that are considered more efficient in managing the work of their users. Well on this occasion I will discuss about several kinds of popular cloud computing applications that are often used today.
You need to know, cloud computing or in Indonesian, namely cloud computing is a technology that is able to process various programs and jobs digitally. This technology is the result of the merger of the development of computer technology with Internet-based networks.
Cloud Computing Based Application
Have you ever heard the term cloud computing or what in Indonesian is called cloud computing? For ordinary people, this term needs to be recognized as still a foreign term, but not for those who are in the IT world.
Because judging from the name, it can be guessed that this term is related to the internet and computer equipment. It’s not wrong, because when you mention the word internet, this term can come to mind. But cloud computing also has a relationship with the word data, servers, and so on.
Following below are some of the popular cloud computing applications that are often run for companies and businesses, including:
Dropbox is an online platform that provides professional data storage and file sharing features with more than 400 million active users, 200 thousand of whom are businesses. You can use this service by accessing the dropbox.com address, at the first registration you will be given 2GB of free storage.
- Adobe Creative Cloud
This service is an application created by Adobe Inc., adobe creative cloud provides features to access various special programs for graphic design, photography, web development, video editing such as Photoshop, Adobe Premier, After Effects and many more.
- Office 365
Office 365 includes cloud services from Ms Office Suite, this is an office application that functions to edit and create documents. In it there are various access to Microsoft Office such as MS Word, Power Point, Excel and so on.
Slack is a cloud-based platform that provides services to collaborate and communicate between teams. The service was created by Serguei Mourachov, Eric Costello, Stewart Butterfield and Cal Henderson. You can use Slack itself for free or paid according to the subscription package you choose.
The next cloud computing-based application is Box, this service offers features for sharing files and storing data online which have similarities like Dropbox.
GitHub is an online cloud computing-based service that is a means of managing and sharing source code from various applications created by developers or application developers. Until now, GitHub has active users of more than 20 million personal accounts and 110 thousand of them are business accounts.
Github itself has successfully stored a source code repository of more than 70 million data which has managed to achieve annual revenues of around $200 million for its premium features.
- Google Suite
The Google Suite cloud computing application is a productivity tool created by the Google company. These services include Sheets, Hangouts, Google Docs, Google+ and a variety of other digital tools. The most popular application in G suite is Gmail, which is Google’s free email service. Gmail alone had many monthly active users to more than 1 billion in 2016 and will continue to grow every year.
Salesforce is a cloud-based platform that provides CRM (Customer Relationship Management) features. This service includes a variety of specialized tools for marketing, sales, services, e-commerce and so on. Until now, many companies in various parts of the world have used Salesforce’s cloud products, which are estimated to reach 150 thousand registered companies.
- Google Drive
The first example of cloud computing technology is Google Drive as described earlier. Google Drive is known as an online storage media with login access in the form of an email address from Gmail. As the name implies, this one application is provided by Google.
Its use helps save files of any type easily on the internet, and share those files easily too. Simply share the link, or give login permission by entering the email address of the friend you are sharing with.
Then all the files shared in one folder can be accessed and managed together. Besides being used as a storage medium, Google Drive can also be used as a data backup medium, edit files, save links, and so on.
History and Development of Cloud Computing
After understanding and knowing the definition of cloud computing, the next step is to explore its history and development. Because like humans, cloud computing is also born from a process that is slowly growing. Knowing its history will help to know more details about its functions and benefits.
So, the concept of cloud computing technology itself actually started several decades ago. More precisely in the 1960s or about 60 years ago. At that time, John McCarthy, who has been known as an MIT computing expert, conveyed the vision “one day computing will become a public infrastructure”.
This vision is still very far from being realized, because the internet itself is still far from developing when McCarthy conveyed his vision. Through this vision, only later in 1995 the term cloud computing was introduced by the public. That is done by Larry Ellison who is the founder of Oracle.
Ellison at that time introduced the term “Network Computing”, and became a step to give a lawsuit to Microsoft, which dominates desktop computing. According to Ellison, the use of Windows 95 with all the software in it can actually be trimmed. So you no longer need to use a lot of software.
It only takes a terminal that will later connect to the server. This then stimulated many companies to create terminals based on the Network Computing technology earlier. As done by Sun Microsystems and Novell Netware.
But Network Computing then just disappeared, because at that time the network quality on computers was not as good as it is now. Then in the 2000s Amazon modernized its data center and later became the starting point for cloud computing to be more widely known.
After successfully finding a new cloud architecture, Amazon then released a new product that carries cloud computing technology. Namely Amazon Web Service (AWS) which was launched in 2006.