What is a Cloud Service and Do I Need This for College?

People Using Cloud Service One question that many people seem to be asking themselves these days is, “What is a cloud service and how do you use it?” If you are one of those people, you have come to the right place! With devices like smartphones, tablets, computers and more, storing all your information and keeping track of it can be a little tricky. That is where “cloud computing” comes into play, so read on for the basics on using the cloud and if it will benefit you while going to college.


Cloud Computing: Information For Every Day

So what is a cloud service you ask? Simply put, it is a way for you to keep all of your information stored in the same place and up-to-date across all your devices. Using the cloud means storing your electronic files (i.e. photos, music, video, etc.) on extremely large, off-site hard drives or web applications. Many of these storage spaces are free or free for up to a certain amount of data. That means that you can store, for example, 5GB of information without paying anything, but once you surpass that limit, you will probably be charged a monthly or flat fee.

Businesses and Colleges Using Cloud Services

Cloud computing is a great way to help businesses grow and stay organized. The key is determining which type of cloud service to use. But what if you are a college student? Is there a college cloud so to speak? Yes and no. Some colleges have created cloud computing services that they offer to their students enrolled in different schools or majors. For instance, Texas Tech University has a cloud computing initiative that allows their engineering students with Internet access to use special engineering software made available by use of the cloud.

Internet Cloud Computing

There are also a variety of cloud computing services available through the Internet that can be a great way for you to store information while in college. With so many different services out there though, how do you know what is the best cloud storage to use? Well, that really depends on what you are looking for. Do you need your cloud service for free? Do you need to store huge volumes of data? MediaFire is a great cloud to use as it allows you to store up to 50GB of data in exchange for no fees. Carbonite, on the other hand, costs $60 for the year but it allows you unlimited space and functions with both the Android and iOS systems.

Are you a college student taking advantage of the cloud? If so, which system do you use? Let us know!

Sierra Martinez is a Marine Corps wife, mother of one and a writer. She graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelors in Journalism and Mass Communications and a focus in Public Relations.