Cloud computing vs file sharing websites

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When it comes to Cloud Computing, I always get in trouble to understand the difference between

  • Cloud computing file sharing vs.
  • File sharing services offered by 4shared, Rapidshare, etc.

Can anyone give me a brief about this?

Best Answer

  • What the emergent cloud computing direction is really about is companies outsourcing services to third-party companies, instead of having their own server rooms and IT staff, so they can concentrate their efforts on what they primarily do.

    It's like how factories in the industrial revolution stopped generating their own power using steam engines and started using electricity from power generation companies.

    This is a good explanation: http://www.cloudpro.co.uk/cloud-essentials/1209/what-cloud-computing-quick-guide-subject

    On a more user oriented level, it can also mean using web applications instead of desktop applications, but that is a smaller scale example of the same concept.

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