Discovering how cloud computing is green

Cloud computing is a just-in-time, scalable alternative to having millions of computers on desktops that individual people use to do what they need to do. Sure, we’ll still need computers, but who’s to say what they will look like? Mobile phones, PDAs, perhaps smart interfaces in your electric car — what would the limits be if you could work anywhere, using powerful Web-based applications that enabled you to access your own files easily, from any point on the globe?

By reducing real-world hardware requirements, cloud computing — in theory, anyway — could potentially help to slow the rate at which our landfills and small villages are filling up with illegally dumped computers. Because cloud computing enables sharing reusable resources globally and is a scalable technology, the lion’s share of the power consumption happens in the data centers supporting the cloud.
Google Apps
One of the earliest offerings in the cloud computing skies — long before people were using the term, too — was Google Docs, a free online word processor that Google enthusiasts could use to create, edit, print, and share simple documents. At first blush it was unsupported, which meant users had to tough through it on their own, but it was free and it worked. Not bad. Today, Google Apps ( offers a number of free online applications that help individuals and groups accomplish all sorts of computing tasks. Whether you want to send e-mail, schedule appointments, share documents, or talk to someone near or far, there’s an application — a free application — to help you do that. If you want to create a Web site or wiki so your team can share its work with the world, Google Apps has you covered there, too. Google Apps also offers a Google Apps Team Edition designed to help teams work together effectively. The utilities involved in the Team Edition are Google Sites, Google Docs, and Google Calendar.

Zoho ( is an innovative company with a team of more than 120 developers pumping out collaborative, business applications you can use — free or for a low cost — online at any time. Dig around their Web site to find some applications that help you work more effectively as a team, and some pretty hefty business tools that enable you to track, work with, and report on people, projects, and processes. Signing up for Zoho is free (just go to and you can use your existing Google or Yahoo! login instead of creating a new one, if you’d rather do that. (Reuse, after all, is a green idea.)
Cloud Computing enables individuals and teams to work with Web service Applications from any point of access as illustrated below;
As Web services have continued to propagate fruitfully and our mobile lifestyles have continued to get more and more. . . well, mobile. . . it’s not surprising that the way in which we define both how and where we work would change. The easy access and always-awake nature of the Web makes it possible for us to access files, events, and each other from wherever we have Internet access.
Cloud computing is the ability to get the services and software you need without being tied to a specific place or hard drive. Cloud computing services provide you with a collection of software services — for example, the Calendar and Web-based e-mail tools we described earlier — when you need them, from wherever you happen to be. And there are multiple ways to access the services, too. You can check e-mail on your phone; post a blog item via e-mail; or look up your favorite Christian worship song and download it so you can add it to your Window Media playlist, even though you’re accessing your account through your sister-in-law’s iPhone.

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