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Legacy of Cloud Computing

  • The concept started 1 century ago
  • Big companies generated their own electricity power supply
  • Later, utility companies came in place to generate power for everyone
  • “Cloud computing” is a computing paradigm in which tasks are assigned to a combination of connections, software, and services, all accessed over a network.
  • The network of servers and connections is collectively known as “the cloud.” The Internet is just the vehicle, not the “cloud.”
  • Computing at the scale of the cloud allows users to access supercomputer-level power.

Free Cloud Applications that will benefit your websites

  • Social network websites*
  • Online file storage*
  • URL Shortening Service *
  • Digital Video *
  • Online Presentation, Online FlipBook *
  • Finding your way on a map *
  • Creating your image album *
  • Online Machine Translation *

Popular & Free Cloud Applications

  • Online Email Services (Gmail, Yahoo mail, Hotmail, MSN )
  • Photo editing software
  • Anti-virus applications on the web
  • Editing documents, spreadsheets and powerpoints
  • Miscellaneous applications

Social Networking websites

Facebook, Google+, Twitter

Friend List (circle) / Video/ Photo/ Online Chat/ Video Conference/ Games / Events
* Applications on your website:

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Integrate the facebook feedback to each content page
Integrate the +1 , like button to website home and contents page
Your friends’ endorsements will boost your website ranking results (by person)

Finding your way on a map

The leading sites are Mapquest, Google Maps and Yahoo Maps.

Google Places (for Business)

* Applications in your website:

Post a map in Driving Direction page
Map all branch offices on a map
Locate the nearest service location to your home

Digital Video

Hulu/ YouTube, vimeo offer videos online for free. Users can download popular movies, TV shows and documentaries and view them on the browser.

* Applications on your website:

Introduction video for marketing purposes
Online Video training to existing customers
The second highest number of searches are on YouTube
Place your promotional video on a video sharing platform, attracting more visitors
Many existing tools for playing single videos, or video series in your own website

Online Machine Translation

Google Translate, Yahoo! Babel Fish Translation: free online language translation service instantly translates text and web pages. Good for personal blogs and public forums, but not suitable for official content from businesses or organizations.

Online file storage

MediaFire is a leading online file storage site. MediaFire may be used to host or share any files including documents, images, presentations, videos.

* Applications in your website:

Provide links for users to download large-sized files/videos
Allow your website visitors to upload large-sized file to you

Yousendit.com: Online File Sharing, Send large files, Managed File Transfer, FTP …

* Applications in your website:

Allow your website visitors to upload large-sized file to you

Creating your photo album

The best ones are flickr / Picasa.com

* Applications in your website:

Require less space, less demand, and allows for less reliance on the performance of your own server
Saves all your pictures; better performance than if saved on your own server
Multiple copies on the cloud
Includes many ready to use online tools: slideshow, photo album, light-box effect

URL Shortening Tools

bit.ly , Google URL Shortener

converts any URL into a unique short URL. When a user visits the new URL, the shortened URL redirects the browser to the real web site.

* Application on your website:

Are more visually appealing than the full (long) web address

Online Documents

Google Docs: Form

Collect information in your website by creating a web form in Google Docs.

Slideshare

Offers users the ability to upload and share publicly or privately PowerPoint presentations, Word documents, and Adobe PDF Portfolios.

pageflip-flap.com

Transform your doc, pdf, word, movie into an interactive flipbook.

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