Who cloud? iCloud!

Who cloud? iCloud!

The Capital C Cloud.

If you’ve had anything to do with computers in the last year you’ve been hearing the term more and more. It’s not a cloud, and its not just cloud, its the cloud and for Apple and Mac it gets even more specific its iCloud.  Let’s just do a little clarification and explanation.

The cloud, in general is an abbreviation for cloud computing, which in layman’s terms means computing as a service rather than a product. For most of us what this means is, instead of using the device we’re typing on or whose screen we’re touching to do calculations and to store data, we send out for the calcs to be done and for the information to be stored or retrieved remotely so that they can be delivered back to us at the machine we’ve got on hand. Now, this is handy because it allow for us to be able to carry much less powerful (and therefore heavy) computers, with much less storage space, but still have access to lots and lots of data and computing power – that we otherwise wouldn’t have.

All that said, the world of the internet is still in many ways a virtual wild west. Spaces, morays and standards are still being decided on and carved up. And who do we love best of all the would-be-tamers of the virtual wild west? Who is most prized at presenting us with not only the most beautiful, but often the most user friendly and accessible of the internets and computing options? That’s right. Apple.

And its with this introduction we can understand a bit better the service and unique qualities of iCloud versus the generic term.  ICloud is not the cloud. It’s Apple’s curated version of it. ICloud is a service that one pays for, which is meant to bring together seamlessly work flows and data between all your Apple devices. What this means is music, photos, bookmarks, calendars, email, notes, to-do lists, audiobooks, video, and lots of other data automatically syncs between all of your i-devices, as long as each is associated with your iCloud account. Furthermore this means not having to share or sync manually between your computer and iphone or ipad.

Questions then come up: How does it integrate with other cloud services that I may already be using such as Dropbox, Google Music, or Evernote? How can my business needs and practices be improved or integrated with it? Can iCloud supplant local computing? Can I use it to save money?

There are answers to these questions and more. Arcsouce specializes in all these questions, technologies, and best practices to get more value out of your habits, hardware and software. We can help you add a multiplier to creating value to your company and simplify the process!