Cloud Applications and Products

Dropbox

A cloud hosted storage service. The service works on numerous devices from Mac and PC computers to mobile devices allowing for quick access and storage of files. If the amount of storage remains under 2gb the service remains free however 50gb will run 9.99 per month.

The service utilizes a shared hosting service that maintains and stores your files. The interface is much like an FTP client where the user is given the option to create folders and organize files. However, a web 2.0 feature affords the user the option to share folders and individual files with groups or individual users.

Cloud Applications and Products

Basecamp is a web based project management and collaboration service. A product of 37signals the system is controlled through a web based platform eliminating the need to install and manage software as well as the need to store data locally. The product can be licensed as an individual or for an entire company for ease of transition. The SaaS includes to-do lists, file sharing, calendars, real-time chatting, and time tracking abilities. Offered as either an introductory free service or a full service for a monthly fee.

Cloud Applications and Products

Google Docs is a free web based suit of programs. Offerings include word processing, spreadsheet, slideshow, form and data storage services. Furthermore, Google Docs offers users the ability create and collaborate on the aforesaid services in real time with one another. Google Docs stores files up to 1gb and is the pioneering example of SaaS product suites with Microsoft and others following suit.

Cloud Applications and Products

Panda Cloud Antivirus is the first free antivirus service offered over the cloud. Panda offers the strength of a desktop software with no need to worry about regular updates as it manages them regularly. The service occupies little to no system resources, as apposed to its desktop counterparts that drain system usage. It utilizes a simple interface and collective intelligence servers to enhance and speed up detection. Moreover it allows for offline use for added efficiency and ease of use.

Cloud Applications and Products

Cloudme is an online desktop. Its lives up to its tagline of “Access, upload and share your files from anywhere, even your phone”. With a sleek design Cloudme allows a user to virtually recreate their desktop with inline storage (free up to 3gb) calendars mail media players and word processing. As mentioned there are both free and premium accounts allowing for a multitude of possibilities. Note that this product does not offer the same advantages, as a remote connection but is a recreation/backup of your existing computer.

Cloud Applications and Products

Mint.com is a cloud based personal finance tool that makes managing money easier and more efficient. Lunched in 2007 mint utilizes the interconnectivity of web 2.0 with online data storage to print out an all-inclusive snapshot of your financial history. Features include managing and creating budgets, alerts and notifications and credit reporting. In just over 3 years mint has been garnished with a multitude of awards and mentions edifying its credibility.