Pardon the pun, but the phrase “cloud computing” is a somewhat nebulous term. Let’s begin by exploring this phrase with a few stabs at defining it.
Jonathan Strickland of How Stuff Works explains that cloud computing “allows workers to log into a Webbased service that hosts all the programs the user would need for his or her job” and that “remote machines owned by another company would run everything from e-mail to … complex data analysis programs.”
InfoWorld’s Eric Knorr and Galen Gruman point out that definitions of cloud computing vary, but that “the cloud” is a familiar, metaphorical reference to the Internet. InfoWord says that some analysts define cloud computing as “an updated version of utility computing,” or in short, “virtual servers available over the Internet.” But Knorr and Gruman explain that some people have a broad definition that includes “anything you consume outside the firewall … including conventional outsourcing.”
Webopedia defines cloud computing as “a type of computing that relies on sharing computing resources, rather than having local servers or personal devices to handle applications” — or more simply, “Internet-based computing.” But Wikipedia explains it as “a large number of computers connected through a real-time communication network, such as the Internet.”
These four previous explanations are currently Google’s top four hits for defining the term. And though it was an oversimplification, Webopedia’s “Internet-based computing” definition seems to give us a sense of the phrase’s meaning.
So, what does cloud computing have to do with video conferencing? Well, as long as you have a browser on your PC, laptop, smartphone, or tablet, then cloud computing makes it possible for you to hold a video conference.
The necessity of having fast and dependable broadband connections was an initial pitfall for video conferencing, because that’s what enables two users to have clear audio-visual conversations. But nowadays, users can video chat on their tablets even with only 3G or 4G wireless data transfer speeds. And as Wi-Fi access continues to increase, there will be more development on this front.
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