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How can cloud computing be used at home?

Q:How can cloud computing be used at home?

Home users can benefit from many aspects of cloud computing services. While many cloud vendors and providers target a great deal of their services to business clients, individual users can also find very attractive cloud packages for personal communications and other needs.

One of the first elements of using cloud computing at home is finding the right services that benefit personal users. This may mean sifting through a series of cloud software offers. Some cloud computing personal services are more accessible—for example, Microsoft offers aspects of cloud computing in its Office 365 and other packages. For other more specific cloud services, users may have to read through service specifications to figure out if a cloud offer is right for them.

Users can also look at service level agreements to understand what level of service is guaranteed, and what they can expect from a cloud vendor.

Typically, there's not a lot of technical work in implementing cloud computing systems at home. Users will generally need to install software or do other detailed technical work. Many personal cloud packages can be bought quickly and easily with a credit card, the same way that you would buy anything online. Users may have to fill out personal profiles or surveys related to the service, which can take some time.

For someone who has found the right cloud service and paid subscription fees, using cloud computing at home is generally as easy as executing the software on a home or personal computer. Users can take advantage of these cloud services to store music, video and other files in the cloud, arrange for remote access to personal information, or otherwise provide themselves with helpful features of new wireless networks and cloud technologies.

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