Remember when mobile phone memory restrictions used to cause all sorts of problems?
This all changed in 2011 when Apple launched their iCloud technology. Unlimited gigabytes of storage were suddenly available to everyday users- a true tech revolution!
Suddenly the possibility of cloud data seemed limitless and accessible.
Let’s take a look at the different industries which have been transformed by Cloud data.
Imagine we never progressed from the days of DVDs, CDs and TV Guides. Before Netflix brought about the binge watching revolution, we had to wait for TV channels to schedule our favourite shows. What an inconvenience! Nowadays, our music is on demand through Spotify, and several streaming services exist to cater for all our movie needs.
In the past, students had to be present in the classroom to achieve any qualification. However, since the invention of cloud technologies, learning is more accessible than ever. Expensive textbooks are no longer a necessity, and are often available in pdf format. Learning materials can be updated regularly, ensuring that students aren’t being taught outdated information. With online degrees more recognised and certified than ever before, third level education has become available to a more diverse range of people.
Cloud data has had considerable impact upon the healthcare industry, more so than you may have realised! Virtual healthcare systems might even someday replace the job of your local GP. However, the biggest impact has been the changes to medical records. With medical staff now uploading medical records to cloud databases, it’s easy to switch healthcare providers while maintaining an accurate medical history. Cloud data technology can also prevent drug theft and counterfeiting, as their whereabouts can be tracked.
File Storage and Sharing
Editing a word document at the same time as your co workers or friends is a huge advantage to cloud based file sharing tech. Google Docs is the ultimate tool for sending documents to employers. Google Drive and WeTransfer similarly allows huge files to be transferred through the cloud, without worrying whether it will fill up your laptop hard drive.
There’s nothing worse than losing a phone or laptop, as it can feel as though our whole lives are stored upon them. From our memories saved as photos, to the apps that determine who we meet. Losing all that data suddenly could be devastating! Thankfully cloud data typically provides backup files, identical to those we possess. Most electronic devices automatically sync to a cloud service, in case of damage or breakages.
Aircrafts, ships, oil and gas rigs, excavators, heavy cranes, trains, and manufacturing lines are all benefiting from cloud data. No longer is it required for someone to carry out regular maintenance, as they can send reports to the cloud automatically. This has led to a reduction in jobs that could put people’s lives in danger and an increase in productivity.
Security and Fraud
Information about bank transactions are automatically recorded upon cloud databases after a sale. Technology can process this information quickly and detect anomalies, including unusual monetary sums or geographic locations. In these cases safety alerts are triggered to warn of potential fraud. These same logs can also provide companies with information about customer preferences to aid future marketing campaigns.
New technologies have also emerged that use cloud technology to ensure home security. Cloud data notifies users on-the-go in the case of a potential break in, as CCTV uploads to the cloud in real time that can be streamed on a mobile device. Data from cloud based home security systems can inform users as to the exact entrance which has supposedly been breached.
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