There are a lot of aspects to the cloud to be thankful for: unlimited access to music and files (Spotify, DropBox), tools that make collaboration so easy you actually enjoy doing it (Evernote, Google Docs), and the ability to access your files and information anywhere at anytime (Salesforce, Gmail, Google Docs again). Norman gives us his reasons to be thankful for the cloud, such as the ability to be “techie” even though he’s not, it allows him to stay “connected and levelheaded” wherever he is, and allows us all to relax on holidays and days off because people can always reach us through the cloud.
When the economy took a turn in 2008, many small businesses turned to SaaS to help save resources. Now, in 2011 and 2012, we are seeing large enterprises either making the move or transitioning to the cloud. “The evidence that cloud computing may just be recession proof is beginning to stack up.” Cloud companies such as Rackspace, NetSuite, and salesforce.com “show no signs of slowing down,” and more companies are continually turning to SaaS every year. Cloud computing is creating new opportunities for growth within both small and large companies, and as of right now, it is still growing.
Ben Kepes poses the question, “what will cloud storage look like in the future?” Demands for cloud storage are changing, and today’s solutions may not be meeting those needs. Post your thoughts on his discussion through the link below.
To keep up with the spirit of Thanksgiving, here are 50 applications we are most thankful for. Life Hacker took a vote last week over which free apps are everyone’s favorites, and here are the top 50, along with some of Life Hacker’s favorites. Dropbox, Google Chrome, Firefox, Evernote, and Notepad++ are in the top five.
VMware will soon be launching AppBlast. AppBlast is an application that allows you to access any application on any device, as long as your browser supports HTML5. AppBlast breaks through the application limits associated with a PC, Mac, iPhone, Android, tablet, and so on. For example, if you need to access Photoshop, an application that is strictly available on a desktop, on your iPad, you can do that with ease. Or, if you need to access iPhoto, a Mac-only app, on your PC, you can do that, too. We anxiously await AppBlast’s arrival, because it sounds pretty darn cool.